Push to Clean Up Garbage in Oceans
Bloomberg reports for the first time in the G7's history, Germany will put ocean cleanup on the agenda of the summit in June in the Bavarian Alps. The goal is to encourage countries to reduce waste from plastic and tiny beads added to body scrubs and toothpastes that pollute the sea and kill marine life.
The problem of ocean plastic pollution is massive. Plastics weighing 191 times as much as the Titanic are dumped in the oceans every year. Plastics of every description, from toothbrushes to tires to unidentifiable fragments too numerous to count drift as far as the polar regions.
The waste accumulates at sea in huge swirls with dead fish, marine mammals and birds that get snared. One trash vortex in the North Pacific that’s about as big as Texas carries an estimated six kilograms (13 pounds) of plastic for every kilo of natural plankton, according to Greenpeace.
“You wouldn't think you could kill an ocean, would you? But we'll do it one day. That's how negligent we are.” ― Ian Rankin, OBE, DL, FRSE, Author