Overfishing and climate change harm the marine environment at least as much as plastic pollution
Films such as A Plastic Ocean, and the huge success of Blue Planet II, have brought ocean plastic pollution firmly into the popular domain. Plastic has become ubiquitous through the world’s oceans, with fragments found in deep ocean trenches and the Arctic ice sheets. Furthermore, pictures of charismatic animals such as whales and turtles consuming or entangled in plastic provide powerful imagery of the problem to the public.
There is no doubt plastic is a big issue. A study in the journal Marine Policy suggests plastic pollution might be reaching a planetary boundary, a term used to describe safe operational environmental limits within which the world can continue to function safely.
Original Title: Reusable coffee cups are just a drop in the ocean for efforts to save our seas
Full Text of the Original Article: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/12/reusable-coffee-cups-are-just-a-drop-in-the-ocean-for-efforts-to-save-our-seas