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Plastic in the Oceans - One Sea Turtle’s Worth of Plastic

Thursday, March 24, 2011   
1,3 mio tons of plastic produced world-wide ends up in the Oceans annually, finally concentrating in one of the Earth’s five great ocean garbage patches. Breaking into smaller and smaller pieces, some pieces end up in plankton and algae, or drift to the ocean floor. Others are mistaken for food by turtles. The stomach content of a juvenile sea turtle accidentally captured off the coast of Argentina, contained 74 plastic objects. (Image). Like so many environmental problems, ocean plastic seems overwhelming. But countries like China, South Africa and Thailand are already taxing or banning single-use plastic bags, which pose the greatest threat to turtles. A report.

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