Inside The Monumental Effort to Rid the World's Oceans From Plastic; Plastic in the world's oceans is reaching epidemic proportions - it's estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute, or eight million tonnes of plastic every year. ()
Concerned about the large number of plastics that reach the oceans and the pollution generated in Puerto Vallarta, Councilman Juan José Cuevas requested the support of the deputies to present an initiative through which the idea of “a state free of straws, plastic bags, and styrofoam” can be achieved.
“300 tons of plastics that are being produced per year are causing a world where we find plastic islands in our oceans, some the size of a continent, as big as our Mexico and these plastic products at sea will make their way back to us and our ocean life”.
According to estimates each year about eight million tons of plastic waste reaches the oceans and much of it is straws that damage marine life.
The vast plastic waste dump that swirls in the Pacific Ocean grows rapidly and covers more than France, Germany, and Spain combined, much larger than previously feared.
A total of 1.8 billion plastic pieces weighing 80,000 metric tons are currently afloat in an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and it is rapidly worsening.
Related: Half of the World’s Coral Reefs Are Dead, but a Scientist May Know How to Save the Rest (Newsweek)
Related: Seapal Denies Sewage Runoff Into Bay of Banderas in Puerto Vallarta (Vallarta Daily News)
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