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originally posted by: SaturnFX
Actually you will find most civilized nations have pretty strict environmental laws. so, what can we do with 3rd world nations that have no laws. I dont think you can pin this on any party or political ideology in the west. Pretty much everyone likes our oceans and waterways.
I think technology is gonna have to help us out here. innovation made the mess, innovation will sort it out. watercraft drones can be deployed to collect and recycle all the junk..will take a few generations of development for such waterbots, but it will be done
originally posted by: mc_squared
"In a business-as-usual scenario, the ocean is expected to contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish," it said.
Plastic to outweigh fish in oceans by 2050, study warns
I don't even know what to say to this, it's so insane.
The first thing I thought of is how often you see some anti-science, quasi-religious comment on how "arrogant" environmentalists apparently are for thinking puny humans can actually affect the planet on a global scale. I'd say putting more plastic in the ocean than fish fits that criteria pretty well though.
It's weird reading about this too from a meeting of the world's economic elites, who generally depend on our gross consumerism to make themselves economic elites in the first place. At least someone there is paying attention I guess...more than you can say for most people, sadly.