8 Million Tons of Plastic Dumped in Ocean Every Year

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In 2010, eight million tons of plastic trash ended up in the ocean from coastal countries—far more than the total that has been measured floating on the surface in the ocean's "garbage patches."

Until now, most efforts to measure ocean debris have involved sample counts of plastic floating on the surface in large garbage patches in each of the world's oceans. A study last year, for example, estimated the amount of floating trash to be 245,000 tons at most.

In my opinion, people should not use so much plastic and be so wasteful. Upon reading this, I felt that this is truly bad news. We are creating too much waste and now the ocean is filled with plastics, described as 'five grocery bags of trash on every foot of coastline around the globe' due to our wastefulness. It greatly threatens marine life. The marine animals could mistake them as food, and they could die from choking on it. Marine species could go extinct due to our selfish actions. We might even end up eating plastics ourselves, because we eat the marine animals. 

Therefore, this should be on the front cover to raise awareness about the deteriorating state of the environment. It is important to raise awareness and for people to change their ways as it will affect the future, not just our own but as well as future generations. Thus, if this article is placed on the cover page, more people would read it and would be more aware of this situation and stop ruining the earth.

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