We looked for South Africa’s ‘missing’ plastic litter. This is what we found

We looked for South Africa’s ‘missing’ plastic litter. This is what we found


Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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A recent study suggests that 96%-98% of litter from land-based sources washes up within one year of entering the sea. They conclude that most of the missing plastic has been under our noses all the time, on our beaches…

Read Full Article; PhysOrg (06-08-2020)

For decades, scientists puzzled over the plastic ‘missing’ from our oceans – but now it’s been found, The Conversation (03-12-2020)

Thirty-six Thousand Feet Under the Sea, The New Yorker (05-10-2020)

Microplastics are everywhere, study finds; PhysOrg (05-13-2020)

Four billion particles of microplastics discovered in major body of water; Science Daily (09-12-2019)
While collecting water samples and plankton, researchers discovered a high concentration of microplastics, which are known to disrupt the marine food chain…

Microplastic pollution in oceans is far worse than feared, say scientists; Guardian UK (03-12-2018)

Microplastics pollute most remote and uncharted areas of the ocean; Guardian UK (02-12-2018)
First data ever gathered from extremely remote area of the South Indian Ocean has a surprisingly high volume of plastic particles, say scientists. Currently scientists can only account for 1% of the plastic they think is in the ocean…

Plastic Pollution: When The Mermaids Cry, The Great Plastic Tide, Coastal Care
Washed out on our coasts in obvious and clearly visible form, the plastic pollution spectacle blatantly unveiling on our beaches is only the prelude of the greater story that unfolded further away in the world’s oceans, yet mostly originating from where we stand: the land…

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