It is estimated that by 2050 the weight of plastic in the oceans will be greater than the weight of fish in it. Plastic that is disposed in the oceans poses a risk to seabirds, fish and marine mammals that ingest it inevitably. We are already used to reading articles about marine animals found dead with significant amounts of plastic in their stomachs.
An ocean cleaning system has begun collecting plastic rubbish from the Pacific Ocean after one year of testing, DPA reported.
"Today we announce that our cleaning system in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has been catching plastic for the first time," the inventor of the system - Boyan Slat said at a press conference in Rotterdam.
Volunteers compare the extent of the contamination to coral reefs made of plastic, writes NOVA TV.
Divers from an international non-governmental organization have removed thousands of plastic bags from the water off the Greek island of Andros. Volunteers compare the extent of the contamination to coral reefs made of plastic.
More than 80 countries have already introduced similar bans, writes NOVA TV.
New Zealand officially banned disposable plastic bags, introducing heavy fines for companies that continue to provide them.
Plastic pollution has become a growing global concern, with a million birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals injured or killed each year.