Why 99% of ocean plastic pollution is "missing"

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The plastic we dump into the ocean might be hiding in plain sight.
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For the past several years scientists have been trying to account for the 8 million metric tonnes of plastic that we dump into the ocean each year. The assumption was that a large portion of it was floating out in one of the large garbage patches, where swirling debris accumulates thanks to ocean gyres. But recent measurements of the amount of trash in the patches fell far short of what’s thought to be out there.
Scientists are getting closer to an answer, which could help clean-up efforts and prevent further damage to marine life and ocean ecosystems.
In a previous version of this video, we mistakenly compared the size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to the area of Australia. It is in fact roughly 1.6 million square kilometers, a little more than twice the size of the state of Texas. A huge area, but not nearly as big as Australia. Source: www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-22939-w
For anyone interested in participating in the Ocean Conservancy's annual beach clean-up events, here is the link with information:
For more reading, check out this New Yorker article on the missing plastic problem, which inspired this video:
Laurent Lebreton’s research that estimates the amount of debris in the garbage patches is here:
For more about Ocean Conservancy’s work, and their annual international beach cleanup events:
For more reading about Erik Van Sebille’s work:
For more reading about Melanie Bergmann’s work:
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Andi Bowe
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The orca dolphin and whales are intelligent non human species. Tell the humans the seas are sacred!!!!
Andi Bowe
Andi Bowe 10 मिनट पहले
They are the result of taking our right to hemp out of the Bible (and out of our resources by Bush Family oil and nylon producers)
Steven Anderson
Steven Anderson 20 मिनट पहले
Burmuda triangle
Jericho De Guzman
Jericho De Guzman घंटे पहले
Guess what.. Trillions of dollars would still go in developing military super weapons
M James
M James 2 घंटे पहले
There are companies that are cleaning it up, but what we really need to do is go back to using glass in what we can.
ruidi xin
ruidi xin 2 घंटे पहले
Nobody ever talks about the fishing industry because the fishing Industry funds all the Anti-plastic research. Why have your agencies never commented on how the Fishing Industry is killing our oceans. The only talk is about Plastic
ruidi xin
ruidi xin 2 घंटे पहले
The fishing Industry is the greatest contributer to ocean plastic waste. The Shipping industry is killing our oceans at a irreparable pace. The on-shore plastic waste is not killing the ocean eco system. Fishing industry is the main culprit.
Blade Lefusyn
Blade Lefusyn 2 घंटे पहले
Eliminate the source, eliminate the problem.
Lucille Courey
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Tanjung Ledang Teknologi
Tanjung Ledang Teknologi 4 घंटे पहले
if plastic comes from oil, why don't we process plastic into oil again?
robert garza
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Peter Rowe
Peter Rowe 4 घंटे पहले
Forever is a meaningless term in this context. Geologic time is very difficult for most people to grasp. Sediment deposited on the seafloor is buried for millennia and will eventually become sedimentary rock, and will ultimately be consumed by the plate tectonic process. Reducing or eliminating plastics entering our oceans is important as most of materials can be recycled and repurposed. It took a lot of energy to produce these plastics and reducing unnecessary waste, increases our energy efficiency.
koos vanpetten
koos vanpetten 4 घंटे पहले
I don't think people are realising the enormous sunami's we had in the last 2 decades in Indonesia and Japan, where complete villages were destroyend and dragged into the sea with all the pollution and debris taken with it into the ocean. That's the big pollution !!!!!!!
Moanilehua Jansson
Moanilehua Jansson 5 घंटे पहले
everything down to clams in the south pacific
Christo 7 घंटे पहले
100 years of Microplastic pollution is the concern, focus on that
Jesus S
Jesus S 8 घंटे पहले
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Jack Empson
Jack Empson 8 घंटे पहले
George Carlin said god created us us because he needed plastic. I think he just needed duct tape.
Tanyo 8 घंटे पहले
Oregon 🌲
Skeeter Saurus
Skeeter Saurus 9 घंटे पहले
Nothing but lip-service. One 'flu-like coronavirus', and we're back to plastic straws, plastic bags...and MEGA-TONS OF FACEMASKS! (their damage alone is now unimaginable). Environmentally, you better find a profit-angle in making it happen, or it isn't going to!
Zakiullah Wasif Syed
Zakiullah Wasif Syed 9 घंटे पहले
I want aquaman and nemor to our rescue in cleaning the ocean...
Louis Emery
Louis Emery 10 घंटे पहले
I think it's great that the ocean naturally concentrate garbage in relatively small geographical areas. Why complain? If these high-minded scientists find a piece of garbage two miles deep, why don't they just pick it up? Stop complaining. I do enough by picking up wind-blown plastic and liquor bottles around my 1/2 acre estate. I felt sorry for that plankton, though. That's tugging on our heart strings.
John Johnson
John Johnson 11 घंटे पहले
Plot twist, Atlantans have been turning it into weapons for revenge
Eric Taylor
Eric Taylor 11 घंटे पहले
1:30 The first question should be, "Are our estimates accurate? If you have 1% of what you estimated, then it's entirely possible that your estimate is wrong. After all, these estimates are based on some assumptions. Assumptions can be wrong.
Dave Apple
Dave Apple 11 घंटे पहले
Bioengineered plastics that degrade is the answer
Josh the Flat Earth Jedi
Josh the Flat Earth Jedi 11 घंटे पहले
Fishing is the problem with our oceans, watch the documentary on Netflix called seaspiracy. It documents the problem with our oceans.
Mactastic Me
Mactastic Me 14 घंटे पहले
I’m more concerned with the vast amount of silly Snowflakes we are currently being force fed ❄️
Erwin Lacerna
Erwin Lacerna 3 घंटे पहले
wat u meen
enterprise59 15 घंटे पहले
In the 80's, the "environmentalists" were crying about how heavy glass bottles were to ship, and was wasting too much fuel. They cried about paper grocery sacks cause it was killing trees. They cried about our drinking water was poor, and bottled water was more healthy. They pushed to have soft drinks put into PLASTIC bottles to cut down on fuel costs, they demanded we use PLASTIC for our grocery bags instead of PAPER. Well guess what kiddies, THIS is your result of crying! In the 90's, BIll Clinton (D), pushed to open CHINA up for US factories, sending millions of jobs over seas. Now, China ships products like PLASTIC items, all over the world, and guess what, container ships SINK, their cargo gos over board in bad weather, and when they hit bottom, they break open spilling PLASTIC. So what will you cry about next??
CreekyGuy 15 घंटे पहले
Climate Change Research - Lucrative. Lots of people trying to do something about it. Not because it's real (it's not), but because it pays and represents power and control. Plastics and other waste, dumped in the oceans and on land - No money in it. (Industry wants it ignored.) Few trying to do anything about it. Represents an existential threat to this planet, but there's no power or control associated with it.
Najwa Laylah
Najwa Laylah 17 घंटे पहले
This is kind of good news (along with the grim news, shame, and despair). If it's still on the beach in pieces big enough to be visible, it never has to reach the middle surface or bottom of the oceans.
LGP 17 घंटे पहले
Don't trust anything Netflix tells you
Emmanuel Lehmann
Emmanuel Lehmann 18 घंटे पहले
i ate it thats where it is
dung nguyenhoang
dung nguyenhoang 18 घंटे पहले
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michael savona
michael savona 19 घंटे पहले
Home depot..biggest rip off artists..
Kikue Toledo
Kikue Toledo 19 घंटे पहले
Companies should be held accountable for this
Ted Gorsline
Ted Gorsline 20 घंटे पहले
This is dancing around the truth. In my opinion the reason for all this plastic pollution is one man - the Canadian jewish environmentalist Robert Schad, the founder of the Robert Schad Foundation and financier of David Suzuki and the International fund For Animal welfare who also founded Husky injection moulding. He produced most of the world plastic discards. For example he made 80 bilion plastic bottles a year in the USA alone and had more factories in China spewing the stuff out. He also created a process that breaks the plastic down into tiny bits. That way you can't trace the bottles back to his factories. Schad then sold his company to Gerry schwartz from Onex Corp for a $billion dollars and Schwartz then sold it to a teachers union. Schad replaced recylable glass bottles, already being recycled and in use and paper bags with plastic. The world needs to get Schad's $billion back to start the clenup process. Aynthing else, like this video, is just window dressing
Kenny Macdonald
Kenny Macdonald 20 घंटे पहले
Unlike Greta it makes sense
John G
John G 20 घंटे पहले
We can change! Everybody has to play there part. We are all to blame. I went vegan 6 years ago and I also recycle what ever I can and limit the plastic in my household. I am healthier then ever before and I feel like I am playing my part in saving mother earth. We only have one life to get it right for our children. No excuses!! just do it for our children's sake.
B REAL 20 घंटे पहले
How much of that garbage is sunami backwash related?
rusty cowell
rusty cowell 21 घंटे पहले
Cleaning up after the Corporations greed won't solve anything. I didn't ask for plastic, oil, gas, nuclear. They are cutting down the forest that filters CO2. Where are the human activists??? All i see is tree and animal. These people don't care about nothing except for greed control money and power
ipissed 23 घंटे पहले
Cigarette filters are wood cellulose, not plastic.
krakoosh1 23 घंटे पहले
Unless the world goes back to living naturally this trend will never reverse. Start raising your own food and making clothes from plants, in your own home. It won’t happen because humans are lazy. All this technology is because people don’t want to do any work, they want to play games all day. One of the reasons we see so many diseases now is because of refrigeration we no longer ferment foods to preserve them. We are no longer getting the healthy bacteria we need. This all stems from the rejection of God. We are removing everything hard in life so we no longer have to deal with the effects of sin. Which points us back to our need for God.
Aaditya Kalwani
Aaditya Kalwani 23 घंटे पहले
prevention is the best solution
rescue centric
rescue centric दिन पहले
so in reality the ocean isn't rising because of global warming but rather because of trash displacing the water causing it to rise.
RemiKJV1611 दिन पहले
You area being lied to. The same people that are fomenting racial strife and the same people that are telling you to trust their health criteria are the same ones perpetuating this lie to cause fear, and fear divides people. Consider the facts. Published in the, "Journal of Hazardous Materials", plastic polymers exposed to sunlight while immersed in ocean water for two months degraded and dissolved at a higher rate than anyone thought possible; at 2.7 years, half of the plastics were dissolved. Furthermore, most of the plastic garbage comes from China, accounting for about 8.8 million tons per year, as compared with the U.S. at only 0.3 million tons. ~ quotes: "Ocean Plastics", "Liberty Nations, Nov. 14, 2019.
Simon Estrada
Simon Estrada दिन पहले
Aliens are doing it
Robert Cheek
Robert Cheek दिन पहले
Like every other environmentalist doomsday claim?
cody holden
cody holden दिन पहले
ive noticed alot of these people, always just say the problem without actually moving to do something about it lol, instead expecting others to put in the work for them
Francis Esquega
Francis Esquega दिन पहले
Use of old olastic from the ocean is worth its weight in gold pick it up before anyone else best stuff to build boats etc
Muskan दिन पहले
Wish plastic was never discovered any other healthy material would be better 😕
punker4Real दिन पहले
so the plastic issue is baby boomers fault?
Amy Murray
Amy Murray दिन पहले
ok so pay people to investigate..how about pay people to clean it up??
Jack Barrie
Jack Barrie दिन पहले
I thought it was Washington dc🇦🇺
Mark Lambert
Mark Lambert दिन पहले
Why not take a few seconds to tell us how cancerous the chemicals are that are used to manufacture plastics? It's even more shocking and more critical in its negative impacts.
QRW Sec दिन पहले
Franz Bolufer
Franz Bolufer दिन पहले
Stop plastic factories and the use of plastic! DO NOT BUY IT!
Doug Grinbergs
Doug Grinbergs दिन पहले
Extended Producer Responsibility/EPR for packaging industry!
Bigwilly Johnson
Bigwilly Johnson दिन पहले
Not my problem
Elizabeth Brauer
Elizabeth Brauer दिन पहले
If you must throw away a mask, it is important to cut the string or elastic so that animals don't get wrapped up in it or choke.
dee leon
dee leon दिन पहले
Consumption is what we do best. Nothing is going to change that.
harold wilkes
harold wilkes दिन पहले
When the bread crumbs lead in a direction you like despite the wind, you tend to ignore other input. You find 1% of the expected, that obviously means your data is correct, right? Or maybe not. Non-biodegradable plastic breaks up into particles - does anyone see a contradiction there? And what about nature's garbage disposals, subduction zones? The tectonic plates are in constant motion possibly allowing eventually for future creation of oil/other substance deposits from processing the detritus. More objectivity please.
Leech दिन पहले
I'm watching this while moving my plastic mouse, typing on my plastic keyboard, watching it through my plastic monitor sitting on a plastic table while I too sit on a plastic chair listening through my plastic speakers. I shift my plastic glasses and adjust my plastic gel pad before I take a sip of liquid from my plastic cup and eat some lunch off a plastic bowl. I'd say this is sad but then I'd be deny reality as I too am a contributor of this mess. Sadly I can't do anything about it except consume more plastic and hope the evil recycling companies find a way to actually reuse said plastic products instead of just throwing the bulk of it to a landfill.
john beach
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microphone dropper
microphone dropper दिन पहले
Out of sight out of mind is what I say; we got 99 more pressing problems, plastic in water ain't one.
KC CROMWELL दिन पहले
The deep ocean is the best place to dump trash. Farther from humans and less likely to affect air or drinking water. If we could get rid or China, India and all 3rd world countries, our plastic trash would be cut by 78%.
Rusty Razor
Rusty Razor दिन पहले
@8:40 Please tell me those bags they put the plastic in weren't made out of plastic......
Reian Canoy
Reian Canoy दिन पहले
Our planet is getting destroyed ,.slowly
• makka •
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What about fishing nets? They make up at least 50% from those garbage patches, and most likely to destroy the ocean compare to the typical plastics.
Rooga Roo
Rooga Roo दिन पहले
How did it get there?! More than likely most of it in that sector of the Pacific was from the huge tsunami which hit, Japan. (The debris field was massive.) Or in other locations, debris from the tsunami which occurred around, Indonesia, in 2004 etc... Not to mention hurricanes and typhoons. I mean its not like people nowadays are dumping garbage in the ocean! The worlds communities depend on the oceans for sustenance.
terryclotf दिन पहले
sounds to me they have no idea what they are talking about
Michelle Munroe
Michelle Munroe दिन पहले
Companies should be forced to help clean up this pollution, the climate always changes, but more biodegradables should be used.
Reece दिन पहले
fill up an active volcano with it all!!! Could be fun. Might make a good youtube vid. plenty of hits.
Fitzgerald Providence
Fitzgerald Providence दिन पहले
get the plastic producers to pay for their product pollution...
413x398 दिन पहले
After decades of this pollution, you're telling me we don't know exactly who is dumping waste into the ocean? But the FBI can tell you everyone you've talked to on your cell phone for the last ten years? C'mon, follow the corruption and we can solve this mess.
Imey दिन पहले
The humans are so unrestrained in destroying this planet.
alexander wei
alexander wei दिन पहले
So what happens to all the plastic after you pick it up from the shore? I hope the answer isn't shipping it back out to the sea.
The Moore Report
The Moore Report दिन पहले
She just looks like a Democrat
Colin Byerly
Colin Byerly दिन पहले
Using a paper bag in city’s near oceans and river flow near the sea may be a better substitute in markets with a tax write off of the increase cost if recycled paper is allowed to be used . Currently the cheap plastic and paper bags are so weak that items must be used in several bags rather than one . Thus defeating the amount of trash . Also better packaging of products that would encourage better practice of customer awareness that packages have been better packing methods are being used as also a reminder of the ocean and environment cleaning operations . Further those who need extra money could be part of a cleaning program along the beaches that have so much of the trash being taken to sea as its being deposited . Ongoing community talks and input must be a part of near ocean community’s as the environment is part of everyone’s life in some way . And a added marker on city boarder line that already exists to welcome travelers may be able to have a recognizable community clean environmental supported town that also continues to send a clean environment message without a heavy do or face a court message . It has to be a community effort not a government only message to be concerned about earths natural resources that will be the reasons most likely for combat is natural resources as a whole . Our oceans continue to provide new medicines and healthy foods that already are having toxic levels of Mercury and other toxic waste being in food chains . The lack of concern to effectively send a powerful message for changes is weak and lack meaning to really stop the trend . Safe food from the amazing oceans is a gift that we may not find as rich in many solar systems . Our care is much more important than people in elementary and even college are being taught about in the many subjects that have trash is being recycled in oceans and must accept such teachers demanding assurance to those who question the expensive books they must be able to show they understand in tests . Sadly we are failing what can do as a concerns informed and engaged in preparedness for disasters and future conditions for our family’s and future generations .
Paul Neilson
Paul Neilson दिन पहले
There is a global mechanism to clean up the plastic sediments, it's called a magnetic pole shift. That will stop the earth from turning towards the east and reverse the rotation so the sun rises in the west. All the plates and islands will be pushed westward. This will plow all the garbage into the subduction zones where it can be recycled in the magma. When you receive a text message to head for rescue ship pickup zones, believe it, we spent trillions on the secret space force for this exact reason.
Colin O'Brien
Colin O'Brien दिन पहले
99% of ALL ocean pollution is directly linked to industrial fishing. Soooo.....what's with the info presented in this? Critical thinking...
Vitey Darniy
Vitey Darniy दिन पहले
The right question isn't where the plastic is going to end, but where does it all coming from? I feel like all my recycling is for nothing, because someone is secretely throwing my thrash into the ocean.
Goseth Jones
Goseth Jones दिन पहले
Sooner or later fish will adapt to eating plastic.
James Smith
James Smith दिन पहले
five places, one twice the size of texas, in the middle of the drink, circling in it's current
mike davidson
mike davidson दिन पहले
we can make plastic out of Hemp ...did you know that ...thats why the hemp plant was banned....the big oil companies back in the day paid off the governments to ban hemp
sam sung
sam sung दिन पहले
They should focus on this rather than non man made global warming THIS is something we can do something about
merkz games
merkz games दिन पहले
So about the 1%
TheSushiandme दिन पहले
How to save the world?
Jarl 1
Jarl 1 2 दिन पहले
so 99.99 % gets back into the soil. great.
Steve Fitz
Steve Fitz 2 दिन पहले
The vast majority of plastic pollution comes from 10 rivers in Asia and Africa. If the united states eliminated 100% of the plastic we put in the ocean we would not reduce the total by 1%. Why don't we concentrate on helping the countries along the rivers that contribute the vast majority of the plastic in the ocean? A little help would allow them to properly dispose of their waste rather than dump it into the river.
Anubhav Solankey
Anubhav Solankey 2 दिन पहले
I just hope these people engaged in ocean cleaning are being paid fairly if not well. They are doing an amazing work for our generation and to support their work, governments should charge the corporates whose key activities revolve around plastic products
fumer 2 दिन पहले
in Poland where i'm from you will still get a plastic bag after buying single banana
James Mihalcik
James Mihalcik 2 दिन पहले
So essentially, the plastic in the ocean is created by unsanitary people on the coastal areas. Makes sense when you see how much trash is on the streets in those regions.
G A L A X I S 2 दिन पहले
Use plastic bags to put plastic trash pog
chris may
chris may 2 दिन पहले
They released the plastic eating organisms
DD826 2 दिन पहले
amazing we are STILL using gov funds and tax dollars investigating ocean plastic? lol
DD826 2 दिन पहले
aliens are stealing our ocean plastic?
GamingWithVaughn 2 दिन पहले
but where are they gonna put the plastic garbage bags? What if the plastic holding the bag together decays and all the stuff inside it comes out? Or what about the fact that you are technically causing plastic pollution since the bag are made out of plastic and you are throwing them out somewhere.
Mary A M
Mary A M 2 दिन पहले
And now Japan is going to empty their radioactive water tanks into the ocean Tons and tons. From nuke disaster👏🏼🌑🔥.
Morris Back
Morris Back 2 दिन पहले
In the future archaeologists wont dig, they will have to dive.
Hot Chihuahua
Hot Chihuahua 2 दिन पहले
Our waters are a much bigger concern than global warming in both fresh & salt water ! Sad part , you can clean it from our oceans , lakes & rivers and where are you going to put it ?
mike davidson
mike davidson दिन पहले
@Hot Chihuahua YEP ....They have bought and paid for lots of Gov. Officials in Western country's ....China is the Biggest polluters of the World
Hot Chihuahua
Hot Chihuahua दिन पहले
@mike davidson sadly we let them get where they are .
mike davidson
mike davidson दिन पहले
@Hot Chihuahua and at the same time there controlling our country's and destroying us
Hot Chihuahua
Hot Chihuahua दिन पहले
@mike davidson they are destroying their own country !
mike davidson
mike davidson दिन पहले
so True .....but China can do what they want
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