Message in a bottle: litterbugs at sea are culprits in pollution crime
New research debunks the notion that plastic pollution in oceans has mainly been blown in from land
Upsetting photographs of plastic pollution in the sea have done many rounds on social media, eliciting an appropriate response of outrage from anyone who cares about the environment.
From sea creatures with plastic in their stomachs to river-mouths choked with plastic waste, the public narrative has been one of such destructive materials blown in from land as the main culprit.
There is, of course, truth to this. Many different plastics are as light as they are indestructible, and every day, more “junk” is carried on the wind into the water...