It might sound absolutely absurd but a new study by PLOS ONE estimates that there is close to 270,000 tons of plastic garbage floating in the oceans around the world. This, according to a report published on Immortal News (http://www.immortal.org/3638/study-shows-worlds-oceans-hold-270000-tons-plastic-trash/), indicates that this is, in terms of weight, the equivalent to 38,000 African elephants.
The study, which was published earlier this week, indicated that the plastic was broken up into a minimum of five trillion pieces. According to Dictionary.com, a trillion is, by definition:
“A cardinal number represented in the U.S. by 1 followed by 12 zeros, and in Great Britain by 1 followed by 18 zeros.”
That’s a very large number and as it pertains to plastic pieces floating in the oceans, that’s a lot of pieces of plastic.
CBS reported that the researchers dragged a mesh net across the sea’s surface to gather small bits of floating plastic while individuals on seaworthy vessels counted larger items floating in the waters below. After which point, computer modeling was utilized to run calculations projecting estimates of the areas of the ocean which were not surveyed. The study did not include plastic laying on the ocean’s floor, only that which floats on the surface.
Marcus Eriksen and Charles Moore, the co-authors of the ocean’s plastic trash study, indicated that one-third of the plastic was located in the North Pacific, however, the China Sea and the Bay of Bengal were growing hot spots for floating plastic trash.