8.3bn tonnes of Plastic

For the first time we have an estimate of how much plastic has been added to the earth’s land and oceans since 2 million tonnes were first mass produced in 1950. This article presents the detail from the scientific report. This human-created addition to the surface of the planet is another exponentially growing feature of the Anthropocene Epoch which is having major unintended consequences for natural ecosystems. 8.3 billion tonnes is the equivalent weight of one billion elephants according to the report. One consequence of this new payload on Spaceship Earth is that up to a third the ocean fish we eat at the top of the food chain contain these indestructible long chain polymers that are not a part of nature but emanate only from the Machine World.

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