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As early as the 1970s, scientists began to notice that plastic waste was turning up in the ocean thousands of miles from land. Since that time, the problem has grown exponentially. News images of floating islands of debris, plastic-choked animals, and trashed beaches have spurred a flurry of research, and to a lesser degree, policy efforts to address the problem.

What are the sources of ocean plastic? What happens to plastic once it reaches the ocean, and what does it mean for marine life? Dr. Chelsea Rochman has been researching those questions for more than a decade. Join us as she describes the science behind plastic debris and explores some of the policies attempting to limit plastic pollution in our global oceans.

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