COVID-19 threatens to exacerbate the scourge of plastic pollution

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Eight million metric tons of plastic waste enter the oceans every year, a new study revealed. Also, it is expected that by 2050, there will be more plastic by weight than fish in the oceans.

COVID-19 triggered an estimated global use of over 120 billion face masks and 65 billion gloves every month. As gloves and masks find their way into oceans and rivers, they not only increase the level of plastic pollution, but also the risks of entanglement for a wide variety of fish, animals and birds.