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Sir David, whose Blue Planet TV programme alerted the world to the damage plastic was wreaking on the oceans, says that the effects of plastic pollution is an “unfolding catastrophe that has been overlooked for too long”.

He said it was time to act “not only for the health of our planet, but for the well-being of people around the world”.

Plastic defined as “biodegradable” is made of molecules that can break down naturally, but there is no particular timescale specified for this degradation – under some conditions it can take many years.

Many people opt to drink bottled water because they believe it to be cleaner and safer. Now, a new report is finding this may not be the case. According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, microplastics are any type of plastic fragment that is less than five millimeters in length, and they are everywhere.

An American diver broke the record for deepest submarine dive ever and found something disheartening at the bottom of the ocean — a plastic bag. Victor Vescovo traveled seven miles down to the deepest part of the ocean, Mariana Trench in the Pacific, BBC News reports

A new study casts doubt on the viability of biodegradable plastics as an answer to plastic pollution.

Richard Thompson, a British marine biologist who devoted his career to studying plastic waste, has long wondered how well biodegradable shopping bags actually degrade.
So in 2015, he and his graduate students at Plymouth University buried a collection of bags labeled as biodegradable in the school’s garden.


Three years later, when the bags were dug up, they not only had remained intact, they still could carry almost five pounds of groceries.

Ocean plastic pollution costs the planet $2.5 trillion per year

By Katherine Martinko, Treehugger  / April 9, 2019

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