Plastic Trash to exceed Fish

Scientists predict that the world’s oceans may have more plastic trash than fish by the year 2050.

A new report published by the World Economic Forum, says that 32 percent of all plastic packaging escapes recycling systems and that 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean each year.

At current rates, according to the report, by weight, by 2050 there will be as much plastic in the oceans as fish.

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Dianna Cohen, CEO of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, told Al Jazeera:

“One of the biggest problems

[to] focus on is single use and disposable plastic.”

WEF said in the report:

“The circular economy is gaining growing attention as a potential way for our society to increase prosperity, while reducing demands on finite raw materials and minimizing negative externalities.”

WEF suggests that we need to focus on a more efficient recycling program and on reusable packaging.

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Read the full report (PDF) by the World Economic Forum

via inhabitat