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The World’s Oceans are Choking on Plastic Debris
In our throw away world a plastic bag outlives its usefulness after around fifteen minutes. A plastic bottle might last a little longer, party balloons a whole occasion. But the ocean likes to hang onto these discarded treasures for decades, even centuries giving many other consumers a taste for plastic.

It's estimated three point five million pieces of new plastic enter the world's oceans daily. Carried on global currents they accumulate in huge circulating gyres causing countless injuries to marine life along the way.

Over two hundred and seventy species worldwide are known to be affected by marine debris, including nearly half of all seabird species.

The flesh footed shearwater on Lord Howe Island is officially the world's most heavily contaminated seabird. Just from mercury alone, the toxic threshold that's widely regarded around the world for birds is four point three parts per million. Anything above that four point three PPM is considered toxic to the birds. Well flesh footed shearwaters on Lord Howe Island are between one thousand and three thousand parts per million.


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22 Million Pounds of Plastic Debris Enter the Great Lakes Each Year - A new study from researchers at the Rochester Institute of Technology says that nearly 22 million pounds of plastic debris are entering the Great Lakes from the U.S. and Canada each year.

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