Oceans are at risk from plastic waste ... and warnings of a bad scenario by 2040

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A new study, published on Thursday, revealed that "the amount of plastic waste that invades the oceans and kills marine life may double three times its size today, during the next 20 years, unless companies and governments have the ability to reduce plastic production significantly."

The new research was conducted by scientists and industry experts for Bio Charitable Trusts and Systemic, and it offers solutions that can reduce by more than 80% the amount of plastics expected to end up in ocean water.

And the study published by the journal "Science" explained that "if no action is taken, the amount of plastic that invades the sea every year will rise from 11 million tons to 29 million tons, to accumulate 600 million tons in the ocean by 2040, which is equivalent to the weight of 3 million Blue whales. "

The International Solid Waste Association confirmed that "the consumption of single-use plastics has increased during the outbreak of the emerging coronavirus." Waves and face masks and gloves are washed daily on remote beaches in Asia, while hills of waste rise all over the world with record amounts of boxes used to deliver fast food meals and packages used to deliver online purchases.

"Pollution in plastic affects everyone. It is not a problem that concerns this or that. It is not a problem of one country. It is a problem of everyone," said Winnie Lau, a senior Pew director and co-author of the study. "The situation will turn from bad to worse if we do not act," she added.

The strategy presented in the report includes redirecting hundreds of billions of dollars of investment in plastic production to alternative materials and facilities for recycling and expanded waste collection in developing countries.

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