Ecologists studying the prevalence of
plastic pollution in aquatic ecosystems around the world are concerned after
measuring the scale of human response needed to reduce future emissions and
manage what's already floating around out there.
"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," says Chelsea Rochman, assistant
professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the
University of Toronto (U of T), and senior author of a study published in
Science outlining the accelerating pace with which plastic emissions enter
Earth's waterways annually.