Eight Million Tons of Plastic Dumped in Ocean Every Year
Published:24 Feb.2018    Source:National Geographic
Scientists have come up with a new way to measure ocean trash—and the numbers are even worse than thought. In 2010, eight million tons of plastic trash ended up in the ocean from coastal countries—far more than the total that has been measured floating on the surface in the ocean's "garbage patches." That's the bad news. The even worse news is that the tonnage is on target to increase tenfold in the next decade unless the world finds a way to improve how garbage is collected and managed.
The findings are part of a groundbreaking study published in Science that for the first time quantifies how much garbage flows into the world's oceans every year. Until now, most efforts to measure ocean debris have involved sample counts of plastic floating on the surface in large garbage patches in each of the world's oceans. A study last year, for example, estimated the amount of floating trash to be 245,000 tons at most.