Marine litter: Plunging deep, spreading wide
Imagine a black-footed albatross feeding its chick plastic pellets, a baby seal in the North Pole helplessly struggling with an open-ended plastic bag wrapped tight around its neck, or a fishing vessel stranded mid-sea, a length of discarded nylon net entangled in its propeller. Multiply these scenarios a thousand-fold, and you get a glimpse of the state of the world's oceans. With an average of 13,000 pieces of plastic litter estimated to be afloat every single square kilometer of ocean globally, and 6.4 million tons of marine litter reaching the oceans every year according to the United Nations Environment Programme, researchers and scientists predict a bleak future for the great bodies of water that are vital to our planet's existence.
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