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The Countries Polluting The Oceans The Most
05-15-2019, 11:06 AM
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The Countries Polluting The Oceans The Most
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The Countries Polluting The Oceans The Most

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Niall McCarthy,

Apr 15, 2019

A team of researchers in the United States and Australia led by Jenna Jambeck, an environmental engineer at the University of Georgia, analyzed plastic waste levels in the world's oceans. They found that China and Indonesia are the top sources of plastic bottles, bags and other rubbish clogging up global sea lanes. Together, both nations account for more than a third of plastic detritus in global waters, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. The original source data can be found here.

In 2010, 8.8 million metric tons of mismanaged plastic waste came from China with an estimated 3.53 million metric tons of it ending up in the ocean. A total of 3.2 million metric tons of mismanaged plastic waste came from Indonesia and it is estimated that 1.29 million metric tons became plastic marine debris. The United States is also guilty of polluting oceans with plastic, but at a much lower level than China. Annually, 0.11 million metric tons of waterborne plastic garbage comes from the United States.

Originally this infographic incorrectly labeled the total amount of mismanaged plastic waste as the amount found in the water. It is now been updated to show the total amount of mismanaged plastic waste and the total amount of plastic marine debris.

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05-15-2019, 11:09 AM (This post was last modified: 05-15-2019 11:11 AM by pilgrim.)
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Top 20 Countries Ranked by Mass of Mismanaged Plastic Waste

The billions upon billions of items of plastic waste choking our oceans, lakes, and rivers and piling up on land is more than unsightly and harmful to plants and wildlife.


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05-15-2019, 11:14 AM
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One reason why the US is ranked so low is that traditionally it has exported all its trash to China

China was the final destination for the world's trash until recently

now they are exporting this shit to SE asia
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05-15-2019, 02:11 PM
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It seems like they are just throwing it in the ocean or something based on this list. The US has extensive recycling and collections but it looks like asians just toss stuff in the oceans as waste disposal. Almost every house and apartment complex in the US has recycling cans to dispose of recycling material.
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05-15-2019, 06:15 PM
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yes but thing is most of that trash gets collected and sent to Asia

I don't doubt that CHina is the biggest trash polluter, but then again they took in nearly all the developed world's trash for awhile
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05-15-2019, 10:18 PM
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(05-15-2019 02:11 PM)pilgrim Wrote:  .
It seems like they are just throwing it in the ocean or something based on this list. The US has extensive recycling and collections but it looks like asians just toss stuff in the oceans as waste disposal. Almost every house and apartment complex in the US has recycling cans to dispose of recycling material.

Some places in Asia have even better recycling, redirect waste programs than US. Glass, metal, paper, wood pulp are no big deal but a huge problem is plastic. China was really the only place extensively recycling it. Now it gets diverted to SE Asia where it either sits and winds up drifting into the water or gets burned and particles polluting the air, ground and water. Need to ban single use plastic very severely around the world.
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05-17-2019, 12:33 AM
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Single-use isn't bad as long as it gets repurposed the way it is intended to be. Now that China doesn't want to take as much plastic from the US, I'm hoping to see the u.s. step up and recycle it completely here. Either way allowing it to pollute the oceans the way some Asian countries are doing, it's not a good move. That only hurts everyone in the long run because sea life suffers.
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05-17-2019, 02:38 AM
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It is consumerist culture, and planned obsolescence that needs to change, not just recycling policy.

I was reading about it a few weeks ago, and they were trying to claim that planned obsolescence 'isn't a thing' any more! LOL

That is one way to get people to focus on something else, and ignore the problem. Between my dishwashing machine, fridge, laundry machine, coffee machine, I can tell you, it definitely is a thing.

These companies all decided that if their appliance works for 6-8 years, you have no business complaining if it breaks, OR EVEN TRYING TO REPAIR it.
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05-17-2019, 03:35 AM
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Ocean Plastic Pollution Is Harming the Bacteria That Help Us Breathe, Study Says

Ten percent of the oxygen we breathe comes from a particular bacteria only found in the ocean. Prochlorococcus is the ocean's most abundant photosynthetic bacteria.Chemicals leaching from plastic pollution interfere with the growth, photosynthesis and oxygen production of the bacteria.

The plastics humans dump in the world's oceans may ultimately have an impact on the very air we breathe, a new study says.

Ten percent of the oxygen we breathe comes from a particular bacteria only found in the ocean that is susceptible to plastic pollution, according to a study published this week in Communications Biology.

The tiny microorganisms pump out up to 10 percent of global oxygen production.

"So one in every ten breaths of oxygen you breathe in is thanks to these little guys, yet almost nothing is known about how marine bacteria, such as Prochlorococcus respond to human pollutants," lead author and Australia's Macquarie University researcher Sasha Tetu said in a press release.

The team of researchers exposed two strains of the bacteria to chemicals leached from plastic grocery bags and PVC matting, which is used to make rubber floor and yoga mats. They exposed the microbes at different depths in the ocean and found that exposure to the leached chemicals impaired the growth and function of the bacteria.

"We found that exposure to chemicals leaching from plastic pollution interfered with the growth, photosynthesis and oxygen production of Prochlorococcus, the ocean's most abundant photosynthetic bacteria," she added.

Plastics are expected to outweigh fish in the ocean by 2050, the press release noted. It has been estimated that plastic pollution causes $13 billion in economic damage to marine ecosystems each year.

"Unlike the threats posed by animals ingesting or getting entangled in plastic debris, the threat these leachates pose to marine life has received relatively little attention," Tetu said.

Tetu said their data shows that plastic pollution may have widespread ecosystem impacts beyond the known effects on marine life such as seabirds and turtles.

"If we truly want to understand the full impact of plastic pollution in the marine environment and find ways to mitigate it, we need to consider its impact on key microbial groups, including photosynthetic microbes," Tetu added.

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05-17-2019, 02:01 PM
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unnecessary over-packaging really irritates me! It is very frustrating when I purchase some consumer good and must endure a terrible toil just to unpackage it for all the unnecessary plastic restricting my making it ready for use.
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05-17-2019, 10:00 PM
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(05-17-2019 12:33 AM)pilgrim Wrote:  .
Single-use isn't bad as long as it gets repurposed the way it is intended to be. Now that China doesn't want to take as much plastic from the US, I'm hoping to see the u.s. step up and recycle it completely here. Either way allowing it to pollute the oceans the way some Asian countries are doing, it's not a good move. That only hurts everyone in the long run because sea life suffers.

I heard they were just shredding it and burning it and the only actual "recycling" is that burning it is qualified as a type of recycled fuel product. It's highly polluting though.
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05-18-2019, 04:27 AM
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Yeah, American companies were paying them to take it, and probably made them promise to 'dispose of it in an environmentally friendly way', so that they could sleep at night.

The Chinese took the money and either dumped it in the ocean on the way back to China, or burned it.
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