Massive amount of Plastic dumped in the oceans could lead to uncontrollable pollution

Massive amount of Plastic dumped in the oceans could lead to uncontrollable pollution

A new science paper has estimated the amount of plastic dumped in the oceans in range of 5-13 million tons per year. The discarded plastic bags, beverage bottles, food wrappers and plastic toys make their way to the ocean, leading to massive pollution.

The University of Georgia's Jenna Jambeck and her colleagues in the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis working group have estimated nearly between 5 and 13 million metric tons of plastic trash making its way to the sea annually. The study has been published in the latest edition of journal Science.

The research group said that they might have drastically underestimated the plastic waste problem. Earlier studies have estimated nearly 270,000 metric tons of plastic and other trash in the oceans across the world. Still, plastic only accounts for 10 percent of the total waste generated in the coastal countries.

Study co-author Kara Lavender Law, a research professor at the Massachusetts-based Sea Education Association, said, "For the first time, we're estimating the amount of plastic that enters the oceans in a given year. Nobody has had a good sense of the size of that problem until now."

In 1970s, the plastic pollution was first time reported in a study. Environment and pollution experts suggest that the amount of waste will most likely increase till 2025 and could cause massive impact on the marine life. Also, more amount of plastic will enter the food chain making the seafood toxic for consumption.

Among the largest contributors to the marine plastic pollution, China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam and Sri Lanka rank at the top.

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