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September 20, 2020 - Fox News

53 trillion tons of plastic in Earth's waterways by 2030, researchers warn

53 trillion tons of plastic in Earth's waterways by 2030, researchers warn
Tons of garbage dumped, unsustainable for our planet File Image: (c) Photabulous!

A newly published study is warning that there will be 53 trillion metric tons of plastic pollution in the world's rivers, lakes, and oceans by 2030.

The research, published in Science, found that humanity is on track to put 53 million megatons (the equivalent 53 trillion tons) into the world's waterways, even if severe measures are taken to reduce the plastic waste currently being produced.

“Unless growth in plastic production and use is halted, a fundamental transformation of the plastic economy to a framework based on recycling is essential, where end-of-life plastic products are valued rather than becoming waste,” said University of Toronto assistant professor and study co-author Chelsea Rochman, in a statement.

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