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Our ocean of plastic
Globally, public awareness is growing about the harm being done by plastic, which hurts marine life and instead of biodegrading breaks down into ubiquitous microplastics.

According to science writer Mike Berners-Lee, of the nine billion tonnes of plastic ever produced, 5.4 billion has been dumped onto land or the sea - enough to shrink wrap the planet in clingfilm.
GREECE-ENVIRONMENT/WASTE
RTX71ODX
31 Jul. 2019
A plastic bag is seen at the bottom of the sea, off... more
GREECE-ENVIRONMENT/WASTE
RTX71ODX
31 Jul. 2019
Andros, Greece
A plastic bag is seen at the bottom of the sea, off the island of Andros, Greece, July 20, 2019. Picture taken July 20, 2019. REUTERS/Stelios Misinas
ENVIRONMENT-SENEGAL/PLASTIC
RTX71FYW
29 Jul. 2019
A woman is pictured at a fishermen port on the outskirts... more
PANAMA-PLASTIC/
RTX70CJU
20 Jul. 2019
Plastic waste pile and debris are seen up near the... more
PANAMA-PLASTIC/
RTX70CJO
20 Jul. 2019
Plastic waste pile and debris are seen up near the... more
LEBANON-POLLUTION/
RTX6ZY11
17 Jul. 2019
Plastic bottles are seen in polluted water at Beirut's... more
INDONESIA-ENVIRONMENT/PLASTIC
RTS2J2VA
21 Jun. 2019
A cat is seen among rubbish at a shoreline in Jakarta,... more
INDONESIA-ENVIRONMENT/PLASTIC
RTS2J2VE
21 Jun. 2019
Rubbish, most of which is plastics, is seen along a... more
GLOBAL-PLASTIC/
RTS27KEB
26 Nov. 2018
Plastic and styrofoam garbage litters the shoreline... more
GLOBAL-PLASTIC/
RTS27KE9
26 Nov. 2018
Plastic and styrofoam garbage litters the shoreline... more
INDONESIA-ENVIORNMENT/
RTX5M8WR
11 Apr. 2018
A local resident walks along a section of Matahari... more
INDONESIA-ENVIRONMENT/
RTX5LPWR
10 Apr. 2018
Tourists and local residents disembark a boat coming... more
GLOBAL-ENVIRONMENT/
RTX39D5Y
7 Jun. 2017
A government worker uses a raft to gather plastic and... more
GLOBAL-ENVIRONMENT/
RTX39D5W
7 Jun. 2017
Government workers gather plastic and other debris... more
GLOBAL-ENVIRONMENT/
RTX39D5T
7 Jun. 2017
A government worker uses a raft to gather plastic and... more
GLOBAL-ENVIRONMENT/
RTX39D5J
7 Jun. 2017
Government workers (R) gather plastic and other debris... more
INDONESIA/
RTX12S8U
21 Aug. 2013
Saidi, a former fisherman, walks as he collects plastic... more
INDONESIA
RTX10C9V
5 Jun. 2013
A fisherman (L) mends his boat as a fellow fisherman... more
INDONESIA
RTXSVZH
1 Oct. 2010
A man collect plastic for recycling in a polluted river... more
GLOBAL-ENVIRONMENT/
RTX39D5I
7 Jun. 2017
Government workers gather plastic and other debris... more
INDONESIA
RTR2BVQU
21 Mar. 2010
A boy collect plastics from a polluted river in Jakarta... more
INDONESIA/
RTXRKA6
7 Dec. 2009
A man collects plastic goods in a river littered with... more
INDONESIA
RTXE6CT
20 Apr. 2009
A scavenger carries a bag of plastic cups collected... more
INDONESIA
RTXE6CO
20 Apr. 2009
A scavenger collects plastic cups for recycling in... more
ISRAEL-ENVIRONMENT/PLASTICS
RTX6NFJC
19 Feb. 2019
Plastic waste is seen on Zikim beach, on the Mediterranean... more
ISRAEL-ENVIRONMENT/PLASTICS
RTX6NFIW
19 Feb. 2019
A plastic bottle floats in the Mediterranean Sea, at... more
THAILAND-ENVIRONMENT/CLEANUP
RTX6JEAZ
21 Dec. 2018
A plastic bottle is seen as a group of volunteers collect... more
GLOBAL-PLASTIC/
RTS26Y12
21 Nov. 2018
Men fish as plastic items and other debris are seen... more
GLOBAL-PLASTIC/
RTS26Y0Y
21 Nov. 2018
Plastic items and other debris are seen on Vridi beach... more
GLOBAL-PLASTIC/
RTS26X9W
21 Nov. 2018
A plastic bumper lies on the sand at Maccarese beach... more
GLOBAL-PLASTIC/
RTS26X9S
21 Nov. 2018
A plastic bottle lies on the sand at Maccarese beach... more
GLOBAL-PLASTIC/
RTS26X6M
21 Nov. 2018
A plastic bottle floats in the sea at Maccarese beach,... more
GLOBAL-PLASTIC/
RTS26W6D
21 Nov. 2018
A plastic bottle drifts on the waves of the sea at... more
GLOBAL-PLASTIC/
RTS26W6B
21 Nov. 2018
A plastic bottle drifts on the waves of the sea at... more
GLOBAL-PLASTIC/
RTS26MN3
19 Nov. 2018
A plastic drinks cup is seen washed up on New Brighton... more
CROATIA-ENVIRONMENT/
RTS22RRA
25 Sep. 2018
A plastic bottle is seen floating in an Adriatic sea... more
CROATIA-ENVIRONMENT/
RTS22RQ5
25 Sep. 2018
Plastic is seen floating in the Adriatic sea in National... more
SPAIN-ENVIRONMENT/PLASTIC
RTX6DRJJ
2 Aug. 2018
A plastic ball for beach volleyball games is seen floating... more
DOMREP-RUBBISH/
RTX6C49L
19 Jul. 2018
A soldier cleans the shores of Montesinos beach, which... more
DOMREP-RUBBISH/
RTX6C495
19 Jul. 2018
Soldiers remove plastic and other debris during a cleanup... more
DOMREP-RUBBISH/
RTX6C48Q
19 Jul. 2018
A soldier pauses while cleaning plastic and other debris... more
ENVIRONMENT-DAY/PLASTIC
RTX68E95
10 Jun. 2018
A plastic bottle washed up by the sea is seen at the... more
ENVIRONMENT-DAY/PLASTIC
RTX67PD0
5 Jun. 2018
A Vietnamese woman rides past recyclable plastic bottles... more
ENVIRONMENT-DAY/PLASTIC
RTX67LRM
5 Jun. 2018
A plastic bag floats in a polluted canal in Bangkok,... more
ENVIRONMENT-DAY/VIETNAM
RTX67FD9
4 Jun. 2018
A woman walks at the beach covered with plastic waste... more
ENVIRONMENT-DAY/VIETNAM
RTX67FCO
4 Jun. 2018
Fishermen boats are seen at a beach covered with plastic... more
PHILIPPINES-ODDLY/
RTS1GM24
16 Oct. 2017
A boy swims as he collects recyclable plastic bottles... more
PHILIPPINES-ODDLY/
RTS1GM1F
16 Oct. 2017
Children float on makeshift raft made of discarded... more
PHILIPPINES-ODDLY/
RTS1GM0Q
16 Oct. 2017
Children float on a makeshift raft made of discarded... more
GLOBAL-ENVIRONMENT/
RTX39831
6 Jun. 2017
Garbage is seen in front of a floodgate at a canal... more
PHILIPPINES-ENVIRONMENT
RTSLQAH
8 Aug. 2016
Scavengers clean plastic cups collected from rubbish... more
PHILIPPINES/
RTR3XJLF
8 Jul. 2014
A mother and her child gather firewood and other plastic... more
PHILIPPINES/
RTR3WVZT
3 Jul. 2014
A government sanitary worker collects and segregate... more
INDIA/
RTX13Q3R
18 Sep. 2013
A girls collects items thrown in as offerings by devotees... more
PANAMA/
RTX13PYI
18 Sep. 2013
Plastic and general waste is seen at the Veracruz port... more
ASIA-WASTE/PHILIPPINES
RTS2OYXO
3 Sep. 2019
A plastic fish toy is pictured among sachets of various... more
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