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Study finds less plastic waste in the world's oceans than expected

from Canadian Plastics

How much plastic debris is floating in the world's oceans? Maybe a lot less than was anticipated. A new study has found that plastic pollution in the open ocean is widespread but less than predicted due to an "unknown sink for small plastic particles." Published in the U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study – coauthored by scientists at the University of Western Australia's Oceans Institute and universities in Saudi Arabia and Spain – found that plastic waste debris in the ocean is widespread, but that an "unknown mechanism" is removing small plastic fragments at a higher rate than larger fragments. more


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