World’s first Ocean Cleanup Array will start removing plastic from the seas in 2016

Plastic waste is a huge problem in the world’s oceans—around 8.8 million metric tons of plastic waste are dumped into the sea each year, and one recent study suggests that there will be a cumulative tenfold increase in ocean plastics by 2020. Once in the sea, this plastic waste wreaks havoc on marine life—with larger creatures becoming entangled in the debris, and small organisms ingesting particles of broken down plastics.

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