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Plastic Pollution Essay

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“In Australia, you can tell how far you are away from a city by how much plastic is on the beach and in the water near the beach” Dr Wilcox explained in an interview with the ABC. “About every 11 years the amount of plastic doubles”. It is estimated that there are up to 51 trillion plastic particles in the ocean, and around 8 million tonnes of plastic went into the ocean in 2010 alone. All this plastic finds its way into the ocean, where billions of marine animals call their home. Many animals confuse plastic littering for food, including sea turtles. Plastic bags are responsible for the deaths of over 100,000 marine animals every year. This a significant number of animals dying each year, all because of plastic bags being littered and making its way to the ocean. Plastic bags start out as litter on beaches, streets and sidewalks. The plastic bags go down storm water runoffs, which can often cause severe flooding. The flooding picks up more plastic bags, and ends up in the ocean. Plastic bags are finding their way into the ocean in many ways, and this is just one of them. Another common way for plastic bags to end up in the ocean, is when people dump them on the sand, so that when the tide comes in it picks them up and they go into the sea. Plastic bags can take up to 1000 years to break down in the environment, which means that every single conventional plastic ever made still exists. Professor Andrew Holmes claims that ‘no-one in their daily life within a period of ten
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