In February 2108, a young sperm whale washed up on a beach in southeastern Spain. When scientists carried out a necropsy, they discovered the huge mammal had succumbed to a fatal infection caused by more than 30 kilos of plastics in its stomach and intestines.
The whale was far from alone. Some 90% of dead seabirds are found to have plastic in their gullets. And the problem is only getting worse as an estimated ten billion kilos of plastics enter the rivers and oceans every year, which is on course to double by 2025.
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