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8 maps show plastic’s impact on the world ocean – and what’s being done about it

The ocean update

The impacts of marine plastic waste on wildlife in Galapagos Plastic pollution in the Galapagos Marine Reserve © GCT The impacts of marine plastic waste on wildlife in Galapagos Plastic pollution in the Galapagos Marine Reserve © GCT

August 15th, 2016 (Todd Reubold). The world’s oceans are awash in plastic pollution, and as these maps and charts show, the situation is poised to worsen unless drastic changes take place.

Over the coming decades global plastic production is slated to increase nearly sixfold, and collection and recycling systems in many parts of the world already are struggling to keep up with the proliferation of plastic products and associated waste.

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