Over 70% of planet Earth is covered by oceans, yet we know more about the surface of Venus than we do about the ocean floor. One thing we do know about the oceans, however, is that plastic pollution pervades them: not just circulating in the massive gyre in the Pacific but in at least five enormous gyres in the North and South Pacific, the North and South Atlantic and the Indian Ocean. Plastic pollution also finds its way onto beaches across the world, even those thousands of miles away from human habitation, and at the poles.

Researchers from the United Nations Environment Programme estimate ...


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