IUCN Issues Brief: Marine plastics

IUCN Plastics & Pollution

IUCN Issues Brief: Marine plastics
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At least 8 million tons of plastic end up in our oceans every year. Floating plastic debris are currently the most abundant items of marine litter. Waste plastic makes up 80% of all marine debris from surface waters to deep-sea sediments. Plastic has been detected on shorelines of all the continents, with more plastic materials found near popular tourist destinations and densely populated areas.

Read the full brief here.

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