How Earth’s plastic pollution problem could look by 2040Posted on August 9, 2020 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News
When it comes to plastic pollution, we know close to nothing about how and where plastic waste is generated, managed, treated and disposed of, especially in low and middle income countries. As a result, we’re struggling to limit the amount of litter accumulating in the environment.
Our research published in Science involved a herculean effort to spot, track and model the current and future flows of plastics into the world’s land and waterbodies. We found that plastic entering the marine environment is set to double by 2040 and, unless the world acts, more than 1.3 billion tonnes of plastic waste will be dumped on land and in waterbodies.
If not a bigger problem than climate change then at least on the same scale, this plastic problem has to be curtailed and soon.