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2050: Our Oceans Will Hold More Plastic Than Fish

Our inboxes, timelines, and feeds are flooded with the news of two reports:

  1. The World Economic Forum concluded that by 2050, there will be more plastic (by weight) in the ocean than fish
  2. Nature Communications revealed we have overfished far more in the last 60 years than previously thought

It’s fascinating, unbelievable, and downright scary stuff. To try to make sense of it all, we compiled a few of our favorite articles, Op-Eds and reports on the subject.By 2050, our oceans will contain more plastic than fish unless we take a stand and act.

Whether you want a few soundbites to quickly get up to speed, or deeply dive into 120 pages of scientific reporting… we have you covered:

Ocean Plastics Crisis:101

Gizmodo:

“…a mere 30 nations account for roughly 90 percent of the fish harvested from the ocean.”

“There’s no denying the oceans are in dire straits, and it’s going to take a lot of action, from consumers to national policy makers, to clean them up. But the fight is only over if we say it is.”    Read More.

Triple Pundit:

“Plastic shouldn’t be so cheap – the externalities make it far more costly to society than biodegradable or reusable packing.”    Read More.

Deeper Dive

USA TODAY:

“After a short first-use cycle, 95% of plastic packaging material value, or $80 to $120 billion annually, is lost to the economy,”     Read More.

CNN Money:

“Only 14% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling. The reuse rate is terrible compared to other materials — 58% of paper and up to 90% of iron and steel gets recycled.”    Read More.

Ocean Explorer

World Economic Forum plastics in the world's oceans

World Economic Forum / Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The New Plastics Economy
Rethinking the Future of Plastics

Read the FULL report.

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