75 percent of Australia’s ocean debris is plastic

About 75 percent of the trash found in the waters off Australia’s beaches is plastic, with most of that coming from local sources rather than sea-borne debris drifting in, according to a Sept. 15 study from scientists and the social investment arm of energy company Shell Australia.

The study, part of a three-year Australian government research project, said that about 40 percent of seabird species now ingest plastic, but predicated that could increase to 95 percent of species by 2050, given rising levels of plastic production. (…) (plasticsoupnews, 18/09/2014)

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