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The Plastics In Our Seas: What We Throw Away

KEDONGANAN, BALI, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 02: A blue plastic bag which was found washed ashore on Kedonganan Beach and collected on February 02, 2021 in Kedonganan, Bali, Indonesia. About eight million metric tons of plastics are thrown into the ocean every year, according to studies published in scientific journals - by 2050, it is estimated that the weight of plastics in the oceans will exceed the weight of all marine life, and microplastics are already being ingested by fish and starting to appear in the human food chain. Huge concentrations of plastic are carried by currents to form massive collections of waste, such as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" between California and Hawaii. In Bali, known for its beaches and sunsets, the northwest monsoon brings vast amounts of this plastic to world-famous beaches. The kinds of trash that wash up cover almost all consumer products, from toothpaste tubes to flip flops and disposable packaging. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
The Plastics In Our Seas: What We Throw Away


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February 02, 2021
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