Garbage In Our Oceans
Breaking News: A plastic tsunami has hit the shores of Rio de Janeiro. It sounds like the plot of a bad disaster movie, doesn’t it? Yet Latin America is under attack from wave after wave of garbage, much of it plastic. The region is far from one the world’s biggest plastic producer (it creates just five percent), but it imports billions of tons annually for repurposing. And some of that ends up as marine debris.
Of course, it’s not just Latin America. Every major ocean basin has patches of garbage, again mostly plastic, swirling around (One of these floats in the Pacific between Chile and Peru). This kills marine life, destroys beaches, and devastates coastal economies. The good news is countries such as Brazil and Peru are taking steps to reverse the trend.