Ocean Now Contains 100 Times More Microplastic Than 1970s; Fish Ingesting Plastic, Too

Many people are familiar with the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but few realize just how much its grown in the past thirty years. In a report published Tuesday, it's estimated that the amount of oceanic microplastic (plastic particles smaller than 5mm in diameter) has increased more than 100 times since the 1970s. Miriam Goldstein, a Ph.D. graduate student at the Scripps Institution for Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and one of the study researchers, also told U.S. News and World Report that last year, her team found that nearly 10 percent of fish had eaten plastic.

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