“Researchers find that 5 trillion pieces of plastic are contaminating the oceans and threatening marine life.”
January 1, 2015
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The Oceans’ Plastic Pollution Problem Is Far Worse Than We Thought, and Here’s Why.
by Hannah Hoag, TakePart
The average American throws away roughly 185 pounds of plastic per year. The plastics of everyday life wind up in the ocean. That includes the milk jug, those flimsy grocery bags, and the laundry detergent bottle you finally emptied and discarded. Perhaps the best way to keep plastic from winding up in the ocean is to use less of it. ~ Hannah Hoag. Hannah Hoag reports on the environment, global health, science, and science policy for Nature, Discover, Wired, and others.