WEF report: More plastic than fish in oceans by 2050
Jan 20, London: A report published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) said that the world's oceans may have more plastic debris than fish by the year 2050.
According to a report produced by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation said that currently, 8 million tonnes of plastic end up in the ocean each year - the equivalent of a dump truck of plastic rubbish every minute.
The study, released on Tuesday, found that a whopping 32 percent of all plastic packaging escapes collection systems and finds its way into natural ecosystems, including the oceans.
At current rates, that will have grown to two trucks a minute by 2030, and four a minute by 2050 - by which time, by weight, there will be as much plastic in the oceans as fish, media reports said.
Dianna Cohen, CEO of the Plastic Pollution Coalition said, "One of the biggest problems [to] focus on is single use and disposable plastic."
Based on interviews with more than 180 experts in the field, the report found that most plastic packaging is used only once before being discarded.
Cohen called on governments to take steps to prevent further plastic waste by forcing producers to take back the plastic used in packaging.
The Oslo Times