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Images: Global challenges of plastic pollution

A simple walk on any beach, anywhere, and the plastic waste spectacle is present.

All over the world the statistics are ever growing; indeed, staggeringly. Tons of plastic debris is discarded every year, everywhere, polluting lands, rivers, coasts, beaches, and oceans. Plastic debris can vary in size from large containers, fishing nets to microscopic plastic pellets or even particles.

Environmentalists have long denounced plastic as a long-lasting pollutant that does not fully break down, in other terms, not biodegradable.

The UN Environment states that an estimated 8 million tons of plastic waste find their way into the planet’s oceans every year.

Plastic waste
Plastic bottle scavengers and their wares at the Epe Landfill Site/EcoPark in Lagos, Nigeria
Plastic waste Indonesia
Plastic is strewn across a beach in Bali, Indonesia
Ivory Coast plastic waste
A man gathers plastic at a waste water evacuation canal in the Ebrie Lagoon, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Myanmar Plastic waste
Plastic clogs up a waterway in Yangon, Myanmar
Indonesia plastic waste
A cat sits on a beach in Aceh Province, Indonesia, surrounded by plastic waste
USA plastic pollution
Plastic pollution at the mouth of the Los Angeles River, Long Beach, California, USA
Turtle-eats-plastic
A turtle eating plastic

 

 

 

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