The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Has More Trash Inside It Than We Thought
Scientists have been tracking a large accumulation of floating trash for years. The “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” or “Trash Vortex” is in the north Pacific ocean. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is filled with 87,000 tons of plastic. This number, published in Scientific Reports, is 10 to 16 times higher than previous estimates. Plastic accumulates in this area because of converging currents and low sea surface wind. The plastics and microplastics found in the study have a high impact on marine animals in the region. There are ways to mitigate the issue, by supporting environmentally friendly legislation and reducing dependency on single-use plastics.
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