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Humans Ingesting Plastic from Ocean Pollution.

Humans Ingesting Plastic from Ocean Pollution.

The earth's oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050, and fish with plastic in their systems are at increased risk of cancer and other health problems for people.

Humans generate more than 300 million tons of plastic annually, and nearly half of the plastic is only used one time before it is throw away to find its way to the oceans eventually.

Infographic Credit: One World One Ocean

By 2050 the oceans will have more plastic than fish, according to a January 2016 report published by the World Economic Forum, and it is a virtual certainty that every seabird on the planet will have plastic in its stomach.

Recent estimates indicate that upwards of 8 million tons of plastic are added to the earth's oceans every year, the equivalent of a dump truck full of plastic every minute. That is enough plastic to have led one scientist to estimate that people who consume average amounts of seafood are ingesting approximately 11,000 particles of plastic every year.

Infographic Credit: Ocean Conservancy

For generations -people have thought that oceans have unlimited inertia, but nano-particles of plastic getting into marine animals and the food chain are affecting fish fertility rates, and this affects food security and coastal populations. Pollution is having a huge impact on the oceans and it needs urgent to be dealt with.

The last four days' storms bring the plastic pollution evidence to the shores of Koh Samui, Thailand. I was at the beach yesterday -and here I saw a huge amount of plastic, much more than I ever have found at Choengmon Beach before.

Just think about how small this beach is, and then think about how much plastic there is in the Gulf of Thailand, other seas, oceans and beaches around in the world.

What about yourself - do you each seafood? If yes, how much plastic do you think that there are inside you?

Choengmon Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand 6 December 2016


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