The Ocean Is Contaminated by Trillions More Pieces of Plastic Than Thought

A study, led by London’s Imperial College and coauthored by researchers at nonprofit group 5 Gyres, found that between 15 trillion and 51 trillions pieces of plastic litters the world’s oceans, which is 3-10 times more than previously estimated. The studies were done by trawling nets, so this staggering total doesn’t include the microplastics that sink to the ocean floor or are ingested by fish.

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