India pumps 0.6 tonnes of plastic waste into ocean annually: researchers
Source: The Hindu, Date: February , 2015
For the first time,
researchers have quantified the amount of plastic waste entering the ocean from
land. In 2010, an estimated eight million tonnes of plastic waste made its way
into the ocean; it is nearly the amount of plastic generated globally in 1961.
The results of the study were published in the journal Science on February 13,
2015. Most of the plastic waste that enters the ocean is on account of plastic
litter and mismanaged plastic waste systems in several countries. The total
amount that ended up in the ocean would have been much higher as the study did
not take into account the contribution from other sources like fishing
activities or at-sea vessels. Twenty countries accounted for 83 per cent of
mismanaged plastic waste that entered the ocean.