- An analysis of global plastic data was published in the journal PLOS ONE.
- The analysis found that there are an estimated 170 trillion plastic particles—more than 2.2 million tons—floating in the world’s oceans.
- This number has seen a sharp increase in the past 15 years.
- The researchers found that this increase is linked to the production of plastic.
Analysis Finds 21,000 Pieces of Plastic in the Ocean for Every Person on Earth