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No Place in the World is Left Untouched by Plastic Pollution
Researchers are finding plastics everywhere they look, including the ocean, the Great Lakes, on out-of-the-way uninhabited islands and even trapped in remote Arctic Sea ice. trash skimmer marine

Beaches and waterways are littered with the discarded plastic products of human society: water bottles, cigarette lighters, cigarette butts, food containers and utensils, toothbrushes, straws and more. Studies show these items end up thousands of miles from the nearest civilization and that most of the worldwide plastics waste ultimately ends up in the ocean.

Plastic debris does not biodegrade, so it can remain for centuries and cause untold havoc in ecosystems. Whether in the ocean or the Great Lakes, the most worrisome marine plastic debris cannot easily be seen because it includes microplastic resin pellets used to manufacture plastic products, microbeads added to personal care products, and the breakdown of plastic bags, bottles and other products.


 
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Lack of Saltwater in Laguna Lake Equals Hyacinth Boom - Fishermen struggle to cross a sea of water hyacinths at Laguna de Bay as they approach the Cardona Municipal fish port in the province of Rizal on Friday. A state of calamity has been declared in 14 barangays in Cardona town as at least 8,600 fisherfolk are affected by the plants clogging a portion of the lake, according to municipal officials.


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