Category: Ocean Pollution

How Many Plastic Bags Are Used a Year | How Many Are There

How Many Plastic Bags Are Used a Year | How Many Are There

Yet an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 380 billion plastic bags are used in the United States every year. Of those, approximately 100 billion are plastic shopping bags, which cost retailers about $4 billion annually. Plastic Bag Facts Approx.…

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‘Plastic soup’: Invisible pollutants from everyday objects contaminating oceans, study says

‘Plastic soup’: Invisible pollutants from everyday objects contaminating oceans, study says

A trip to the seaside can provide beautiful vistas and a relaxing escape, but the seemingly pristine waters of the world’s oceans are hiding invisible pollution from everyday products including clothing and tires, according to a new study. The research, released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on Tuesday, examined the effect…

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30 plastic bags, 1 dead whale: Shocking toll of vast ocean pollution laid bare

30 plastic bags, 1 dead whale: Shocking toll of vast ocean pollution laid bare

Researchers have discovered more than 30 plastic bags inside the stomach of a dead whale, which likely blocked its intestines and led to it becoming stranded several times in shallow waters off the coast of Norway. The scientists described the mass of human-produced refuge lodged in the whale’s stomach as “not surprising” given the amount…

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