Plastics are accumulating in the oceans in higher amounts than previously thought
Plastic soup in the Pacific 16 times bigger than previously thought

By using new aerial and naval survey methods, researchers found that the accumulation of plastics in the Pacific between Hawaii and California amounts to 79 thousand tonnes, a figure 16 times higher than previously estimated. The now reported high amount of plastics in the ocean is mostly due to improved measuring techniques, but also shows that the accumulation of plastics in the surveyed zone, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, is increasing exponentially and faster than in surrounding waters.

Read the full story: The Ocean Cleanup Foundation
Scientific publication: Scientific Reports