March 29, 2023

The marine “plastic cloud” has increased tenfold in just 15 years Plastic

With each passing year, the production of plastics worldwide increases. Some of this material ends up in the sea. If in 2005 there were 16 billion particles on the surface of the Earth’s oceans, equivalent to 220,000 tons, in 2019 these values ​​reached 171 billion particles, or 2.3 million tons of plastic, according to estimates of an article published this Wednesday in the magazine PLOS ONE.

That is, there has been a more than tenfold increase in the number of plastic particles in just 15 years.

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