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Our ocean of plastic

A plastic bag is seen at the bottom of the sea, off the island of Andros, Greece, July 2019. Globally, public awareness is growing about the harm being done by plastic, which hurts marine life and instead of biodegrading breaks down into ubiquitous microplastics.   



 REUTERS/Stelios Misinas

A plastic bag is seen at the bottom of the sea, off the island of Andros, Greece, July 2019. Globally, public awareness is growing about the harm being done by plastic, which hurts marine life and instead of biodegrading breaks down into ubiquitous...more

A plastic bag is seen at the bottom of the sea, off the island of Andros, Greece, July 2019. Globally, public awareness is growing about the harm being done by plastic, which hurts marine life and instead of biodegrading breaks down into ubiquitous microplastics. REUTERS/Stelios Misinas
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Microplastic found in ice core samples taken as part of the U.S.-led Northwest Passage Project is shown on a screen during an 18-day icebreaker expedition that took place in July and August 2019, in a still image taken from a handout video. Northwest Passage Project/Camera: Duncan Clark via REUTERS

Microplastic found in ice core samples taken as part of the U.S.-led Northwest Passage Project is shown on a screen during an 18-day icebreaker expedition that took place in July and August 2019, in a still image taken from a handout video. Northwest...more

Microplastic found in ice core samples taken as part of the U.S.-led Northwest Passage Project is shown on a screen during an 18-day icebreaker expedition that took place in July and August 2019, in a still image taken from a handout video. Northwest Passage Project/Camera: Duncan Clark via REUTERS
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A cat is seen among rubbish at a shoreline in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

A cat is seen among rubbish at a shoreline in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

A cat is seen among rubbish at a shoreline in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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A plastic bottle is seen floating in an Adriatic sea of the island Mljet, Croatia, May 2018. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

A plastic bottle is seen floating in an Adriatic sea of the island Mljet, Croatia, May 2018. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

A plastic bottle is seen floating in an Adriatic sea of the island Mljet, Croatia, May 2018. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic
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A woman is pictured at a fishermen port on the outskirts of Dakar, Senegal, July 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A woman is pictured at a fishermen port on the outskirts of Dakar, Senegal, July 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

A woman is pictured at a fishermen port on the outskirts of Dakar, Senegal, July 2019. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
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Plastic bottles are seen in polluted water at Beirut's seaside Corniche, Lebanon, June 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Plastic bottles are seen in polluted water at Beirut's seaside Corniche, Lebanon, June 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Plastic bottles are seen in polluted water at Beirut's seaside Corniche, Lebanon, June 2019. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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Plastic waste is seen on Zikim beach, on the Mediterranean coast near the southern city of Ashkelon, Israel, February  2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Plastic waste is seen on Zikim beach, on the Mediterranean coast near the southern city of Ashkelon, Israel, February 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Plastic waste is seen on Zikim beach, on the Mediterranean coast near the southern city of Ashkelon, Israel, February 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
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Tourists and local residents disembark a boat coming from nearby Nusa Penida island as plastic trash pollutes the beach in Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, April 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo

Tourists and local residents disembark a boat coming from nearby Nusa Penida island as plastic trash pollutes the beach in Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, April 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo

Tourists and local residents disembark a boat coming from nearby Nusa Penida island as plastic trash pollutes the beach in Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, April 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo
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A plastic ball for beach volleyball is seen floating in the Strait of Gibraltar, about 6.8 miles from the nearest coast, near Barbate, southern Spain, July 2018.  REUTERS/Jon Nazca

A plastic ball for beach volleyball is seen floating in the Strait of Gibraltar, about 6.8 miles from the nearest coast, near Barbate, southern Spain, July 2018. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

A plastic ball for beach volleyball is seen floating in the Strait of Gibraltar, about 6.8 miles from the nearest coast, near Barbate, southern Spain, July 2018. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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Plastic waste pile and debris are seen up near the beach in Panama City, as Panama becomes the first country in Central America to ban all single-use plastic bags, July 2019.  REUTERS/ Erick Marciscano

Plastic waste pile and debris are seen up near the beach in Panama City, as Panama becomes the first country in Central America to ban all single-use plastic bags, July 2019. REUTERS/ Erick Marciscano

Plastic waste pile and debris are seen up near the beach in Panama City, as Panama becomes the first country in Central America to ban all single-use plastic bags, July 2019. REUTERS/ Erick Marciscano
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Rubbish, most of which is plastics, is seen along a shoreline in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Rubbish, most of which is plastics, is seen along a shoreline in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Rubbish, most of which is plastics, is seen along a shoreline in Jakarta, Indonesia, June 2019. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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A plastic bottle is seen as a group of volunteers collect trash in the Chao Praya river to raise public awareness on the damage single-use plastic has on the environment in Bangkok, Thailand, December 2018. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

A plastic bottle is seen as a group of volunteers collect trash in the Chao Praya river to raise public awareness on the damage single-use plastic has on the environment in Bangkok, Thailand, December 2018. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

A plastic bottle is seen as a group of volunteers collect trash in the Chao Praya river to raise public awareness on the damage single-use plastic has on the environment in Bangkok, Thailand, December 2018. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Plastic and styrofoam garbage litters the shoreline in Cilincing in Jakarta, Indonesia, Indonesia, November 2018. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Plastic and styrofoam garbage litters the shoreline in Cilincing in Jakarta, Indonesia, Indonesia, November 2018. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Plastic and styrofoam garbage litters the shoreline in Cilincing in Jakarta, Indonesia, Indonesia, November 2018. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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A local resident walks along a section of Matahari Terbit beach covered in plastic and other debris washed ashore by seasonal winds near Sanur, Bali, Indonesia, April 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo

A local resident walks along a section of Matahari Terbit beach covered in plastic and other debris washed ashore by seasonal winds near Sanur, Bali, Indonesia, April 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo

A local resident walks along a section of Matahari Terbit beach covered in plastic and other debris washed ashore by seasonal winds near Sanur, Bali, Indonesia, April 2018. REUTERS/Johannes P. Christo
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A plastic bottle floats in the Mediterranean Sea, at Zikim beach near the southern city of Ashkelon, Israel, February 2019.  REUTERS/Amir Cohen

A plastic bottle floats in the Mediterranean Sea, at Zikim beach near the southern city of Ashkelon, Israel, February 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

A plastic bottle floats in the Mediterranean Sea, at Zikim beach near the southern city of Ashkelon, Israel, February 2019. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
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A boy swims as he collects recyclable plastic bottles drifting with garbage along the coast of Manila Bay at the slum area in the Baseco Compound in metro Manila, Philippines, October 2017.   REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

A boy swims as he collects recyclable plastic bottles drifting with garbage along the coast of Manila Bay at the slum area in the Baseco Compound in metro Manila, Philippines, October 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

A boy swims as he collects recyclable plastic bottles drifting with garbage along the coast of Manila Bay at the slum area in the Baseco Compound in metro Manila, Philippines, October 2017. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco
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