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Plastic in Ocean Will Outweigh Fish by 2050, Study Finds

Source: Mic/Tom McKay - January 20, 2016 in Environment, Featured

Plastic in Ocean Will Outweigh Fish by 2050, Study Finds
Photo: Mary Anne Enriquez/Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

By the year 2050, fish will officially be out-populated by something decidedly more foreign — plastic trash.

new study from the World Economic Forum and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimates that at some point within the next 34 years, the quantity of plastic waste floating in the world’s ocean will outweigh all the fish in the sea put together.

“Given projected growth in consumption, in a business-as-usual scenario, by 2050 oceans are expected to contain more plastics than fish (by weight), and the entire plastics industry will consume 20% of total oil production, and 15% of the annual carbon budget,” the foundation wrote in a news release on the paper.

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