Plastic Pollution in the Ocean to Reach Alarming Levels

plastic-pollution-ocean issue, ocean conservation, marine conservation, sustainable practices, sustainable choicesWe have been aware of plastic pollution in our ocean since the Great Pacific Garbage Patch was discovered in the mid 1980’s however new studies indicate that this problem is growing at an alarming rate.

According to a new report by the Ocean Conservancy, in partnership with the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment, by 2025, the ocean could contain one ton of plastic for every three tons of finfish.


Five Asian Countries Responsible for Half of World’s Plastic Pollution

The new report calls for a focus on improving waste management systems in a handful of developing countries that are most responsible for the plastic leakage into the ocean. China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam contribute more than half of the oceans’ plastic since their waste infrastructure hasn’t kept up with rapid industrialization. “We can concentrate on the places where the plastic is hitting the ocean,” Merkl says. “Five countries would solve half the problem.”

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