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Over Half of Plastic Trash in Oceans Comes from 5 Asian Countries

Over Half of Plastic Trash in Oceans Comes from 5 Asian Countries

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More than half of the plastic trash in the world’s oceans comes from just five countries, all of them in Asia or the Pacific Islands, according to a recent report by Ocean Conservancy.

Waterways in Asian cities are being clogged with waste and pollution faster than nature can recycle and purify them. (Photo from: ADB Photo Library.)

Waterways in Asian cities are being clogged with waste and pollution faster than nature can recycle and purify them. (Photo from: ADB Photo Library.)

The Ocean Conservancy said in a report, titled Stemming the Tide, that 60 percent of the plastic trash flowing into the sea originates from China, Vietnam, Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand. This could be attributed to rapid economic growth that outpaces trash collection infrastructure, or a lack of waste management regulations.

As it stands, humans leak a staggering 8 million metric tons of plastic into the ocean each year, according to research published in Science Magazine. Ocean Conservancy says, we’ll double that rate in just 10 years if current behavior doesn’t change,

All that garbage is having devastating effects on the seas: choking marine life to death, dramatically warping ecosystems and wreaking environmental havoc that some experts liken to the climate change crisis.

DOWNLOAD the Ocean Conservancy Report here.

(Read the full article from Globalpost.com)

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