Report: Plastic Pollution In The Ocean Is Reaching Crisis Levels
(Click to enlarge) Plastic trash pollution on beach of Labuan Bajo (Flores Island). (Credit: Getty Images)
Plastic has infiltrated the ocean’s ecosystem, from plankton to whales.
(From Fortune Magazine / by Claire Groden) — There are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic trash in the world’s oceans, and each year, 8 million tons of plastic are added to the count. That’s equivalent to one municipal garbage truck pulling up to the beach and dumping its contents every minute. Though the oceans seem vast enough to stomach a lot of plastic, the level of waste is starting to reach a crisis point: 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. Read the full story »