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The United States’ contribution of plastic waste to land and ocean

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Science Advances  30 Oct 2020:
Vol. 6, no. 44, eabd0288
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abd0288

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  • RE: US responsible for most ocean plastic and how.

    I was likely the first to address ocean plastic over 25 years ago in a series of lawsuits in many courts that lasted over 20 years, the discovery of which generated many thousands of documents, studies, expert testimony and I conclude the following. Most of it finds its way to the ocean via our millions of miles of roadways, each mile generates about 20 large garbage bags of filth annually. Ocean plastic is condoms, tampons, dirty diapers, rags, bottles, medical waste, billions of cigarette butts, and bits of billions of tiers. This filth mixes with farm, factory waste and the runoff from our cities, raw sewage and oil into rivers and streams as it winds its way to the oceans as micro-plastic impossible to remove. Unfortunately this plastic is a lifeboat for toxins, (PCBs) viruses, and bacteria also. It has killed or displaced half the oceans phytoplankton in my lifetime and is the new plankton killing the other oceans lifeforms. The oceans feed billions directly and indirectly by also feeding cows, chickens and pigs. Starvation is mankind's greatest motivator and billions may go hungry as a result of this runoff causing war, chaos and migrations like the world has never known. Phytoplankton could actually reverse global warming if we prevented this runoff as it sequesters CO2 and produces most of our oxygen. I firmly believe its the most serious issue facing mankind today and it can be corrected, the oceans can rebound. Left un-addressed we are doomed because as phyt...

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