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International study says there are 170 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean | National newspaper

An international study concludes that there are 170 trillion pieces of plastic in the oceans

An international study has concluded that there are There are currently 170 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean.

On an island in Australia, biologist Jennifer Lauvers devotes her life to the study of shearwaters: seabirds highly skilled at fishing.

On the beach, she picks up one of the animals to find out why it died. When the stomach is extracted, she is not surprised: the animal is full of indigestible pieces of plastic.

In comparison, he explains, that’s the equivalent of one man eating 12 pizzas, as told in the documentary “Plastic Ocean.”

234 pieces of plastic were found in one Shearwater alone. It is a part of each of us.

According to a new study, there are 170 trillion pieces of plastic in the oceans. Every citizen of the earth has 21 thousand pieces. The figure startled Marcus Erickson, head of the survey, which has been conducted for the past 40 years.

Starting in 2004, he said, the curve began to rise abnormally. That’s mainly because of the explosion of plastic production in the world, mainly related to the expansion of the world’s middle class. 5 million tonnes in the last 15 years alone.

There has been a huge increase in disposable cups, packaging, bags etc.

Through the action of the sun and water, plastic becomes fragments and microplastics: pieces smaller than 5 millimeters that pollute all living things, including us, through the water and the marine animals we eat.

Of all the plastic produced on Earth, it remains on the planet in some form and only 10% is recycled. But, according to the researcher, this is not enough to stop it going into the ocean or increase recycling. There should be a global agreement.

At the moment, a resolution is being debated at the United Nations to curb plastic production. Voting will be held in May.

There are many biodegradable materials that can be used. Therefore, the researcher says, it is not too much to dream of eliminating disposables completely. Humanity is creative and can live without plastic.

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