Studies: 2 articles on plastic pollution

The Guardian discusses how there is More than 14m tonnes of plastic believed to be at the bottom of the ocean. Thirty times more plastic on ocean floor than surface, analysis suggests, but more trapped on land than sea. Dr Denise Hardesty, a principal research scientist at CSIRO and a co-author of the research published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, told the Guardian that finding microplastic in such a remote location and at such depths “points to the ubiquity of plastics, no matter where you are in the world”.

National Geographic discusses Plastic pollution is a huge problem—and it’s not too late to fix it. Correcting our plastic waste problem requires a fundamental change in thinking about how plastics are made, used, and discarded, two new studies say. These two scenarios, the result of new research by an international team of scientists, are a far cry from the first global tally published in 2015, which estimated that an average of 8.8 million tons flow into the oceans annually. That was a figure so startling to the world when it was published five years ago, it helped invigorate the plastic trash movement.

The new findings were made by a team of scientists funded by the National Science Foundation through the University of Maryland’s National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). The other project, which looks ahead to 2040, was led by the Pew Charitable Trusts and SYSTEMIQ, a London-based environmental advisory and investment firm, and was first made public in July. Both studies were published together in the journal Science in September.

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