UNEP frontiers 2016 report. Emerging Issues of Environmental Concern

Microplastics: Trouble in the Food Chain. Plastics in the environment

“As the world’s demand for plastic materials continues to grow, management of plastic waste will remain a global challenge. In 2014, global plastic production exceeded 311 million metric tons, a 4.0 per cent increase over 2013.1 In 2010, out of 2.5 billion metric tons of solid waste generated by 192 countries, about 275 million tons consisted of plastic. It has been estimated that between 4.8 and 12.7 million tons ended up in the ocean as a result of inadequate solid waste management.” (…)

UNEP, 2016, p. 32-43, the report


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