Why 99% of ocean plastic pollution is "missing"

27 apr. 2021
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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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  • It's long chain polymers that are the real problem, they just break down into smaller and smaller pieces when exposed to UV light

    Jesus ™Jesus ™18 minuten geleden
  • If you pick up a piece of plastic and put it in the trash doesn’t it just go back to the ocean because that’s how it got there in the first place I’ve being put in the trash?

    Dustin ByerleyDustin Byerley37 minuten geleden
  • Do you have any aerial photos of it? That’d be amazing.

    Joseph DevensJoseph DevensUur geleden
  • It won't be gone until it goes through a volcano.

    Jeff ZoikJeff Zoik2 uur geleden
  • not normal citizens should do the cleaning. the ones who are responsible for all of this should (rich people, industries, tourist ships)

    ElenaElena2 uur geleden
  • caralho

    Rafael AragãoRafael Aragão3 uur geleden

    Barbie McgowanBarbie Mcgowan4 uur geleden
  • Wow! There is a natural process where it all goes away like we will along with all we made, The Earth Bats Last & the Sun fries it in between every inning. Where is the Nova science?

    ResortDogResortDog4 uur geleden
  • Sediments, that is the same way all the radiation goes away they say, in dead creatures bones

    ResortDogResortDog4 uur geleden
  • Why did you deliberately OMIT what Rivers all the trash is being dumped from??? Ain't western civilizations.

    ResortDogResortDog4 uur geleden
  • Cc

    Cry CenatCry Cenat4 uur geleden
  • Plastic is mostly made out of oil and they have found a way to turn it bk in2 oil so wat r we waiting for??? Maybe thats y all of a sudden they want to get it out the ocean

    real eyes realise real lies fully reppin brum townreal eyes realise real lies fully reppin brum town4 uur geleden
  • Why not just incinerate all our plastics?

    KensCrazyThoughtsKensCrazyThoughts4 uur geleden
  • All great information, however, who/what-country(s), are dumping it into the oceans ? That should be the first question. Once that is established, then government can put a halt to the practise.

    Bill BlendickBill Blendick5 uur geleden
  • Show us on a satellite image where it is

    Pilbo MagsPilbo Mags9 uur geleden
  • nice sharing

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  • Stop making plastic beverage containers, go back to the glass containers that can be completely recycled. Food containers can resume being made from paper and that can also be recycled or decompose itself back into the soil to become an amendment to the soils in the ground, like it was done back in the day of glass beverage containers. Electronic components can be made from carbon fiber, and in some cases can be manufactured from mineral and plant based fibers that also be recycled or return to the soil.

    George HoltGeorge Holt10 uur geleden
  • A liar and a thief kown to all brasilian people.

    oswaldo teixeiraoswaldo teixeira11 uur geleden
  • All this plastic once it breaks down to micro plastic ends up inside all ocean life so when you eat anything out of the oceans you will also end up with micro plastics inside yourselves.

    Bruce HoweBruce Howe12 uur geleden
  • but all storms, tornados, tsunamis can also tae some plastic to the oceans

    RaczynaRaczyna13 uur geleden
  • Lets just keep ruining this beautiful planet.Serioulsy , we do not deserve to live here.

    Bobbi CatBobbi Cat15 uur geleden
    • Tell that to Bezos etc: Amazon is one of the leading sources of this waste, and they advertise everywhere, pushing consumerism. Is it really our fault for buying a plastic item, when there is no alternative? Of the bankers for running an economy that makes repair and reused not cost effective? Did we create the throwaway society? Lets try being nice to each other, and blaming those few powerful people who are actually causing this: it is driven from the top. Start there, for a solution.

      GrahamGraham11 uur geleden
  • The madness of mankind is presenting as the beginning of our end.

    Jack Henry KravenJack Henry Kraven16 uur geleden
    • Most of mankind is presented with very little choice. But the jab is thinning the herd, in autumn, the people like Bezos who caused this problem will have cleared out many of the useless eaters. Possibly you, too.

      GrahamGraham11 uur geleden
  • We weren’t taught about the consequences when we were given the choices to recycle or not.

    Mike LaveryMike Lavery17 uur geleden
  • In the timeline some cities quit daily barges of garbage being dumped offshore. NY didn't like finding medical waste including syringes on the beaches so they at least talked about ceasing dumping medical waste in the ocean.

    NightWavesNightWaves18 uur geleden
  • Wasn't the Santa Barbara basin the location of a superfund site for dumping?

    Lee SchulkenLee Schulken18 uur geleden
  • It is criminal and slovenly behavior by humans perpetrated on nature. Recycle and avoid buying products in plastic packaging to start with and you wont have to throw it away later.

    Carole WiseCarole Wise19 uur geleden
  • That’s horrible. Plastic usually decays in 400 years.

    Logan maloughLogan malough20 uur geleden
  • What do you do with it if you pick it up? Are there enough recycling centers? Are all types of plastics now being recycled?

    DTSDTS20 uur geleden
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  • government should impose law to change biodegradable packaging for everything

    mydenmelmydenmel21 uur geleden
  • Biden,pelosi,AOC and newsome should go there and atleast share their funds to their bogus projects they get from federal national budget and start an operation ocean clean up if they genuinely care but they don’t so...

    mydenmelmydenmel22 uur geleden
  • why dont we roomba the ocean?

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    Millie PriceMillie Price22 uur geleden
  • Jehovah will have it the way he wants it soon. Satan's system.-1John5:19 will be eradicated. We have forever. Only the power of Jehovah can resurrect his creations. But keep showing the truth about wicked man's potential. Remember we are to love one another not destroy those trying to be righteous.

    Shan DamShan Dam22 uur geleden
  • It's missing because hippies and "green people" are picking it up and building houses and weaving clothing and shoes out of them ....that's why. 🤨DUH

    Trim ReaperTrim Reaper23 uur geleden
  • stopped literring a few years ago, including throwing cigarette buns, just wish I would of started earlier

    The DeadliestThe DeadliestDag geleden
  • That is so sad

    itzxaya lopezitzxaya lopezDag geleden
  • Proteus V. Loveless once said: *Take all the plastic everywhere and anywhere. Now, build with it instead of throwing it away. Walls. Houses. Body Armor. Products. You name it.*

    A Quiet ViewerA Quiet ViewerDag geleden
  • We are such disgusting creatures

    Laura ShadforthLaura ShadforthDag geleden
  • Sorry, but I fail to see the connection between a plastic bag on the sea floor, and climate change. Those bags will stay there forever, and be covered with sediment.

    Daryl FosterDaryl FosterDag geleden
  • It is a shame that nothing will ever be done about this problem.

    wegderwegderDag geleden
  • Try biodegradable trash bags. They exist. Made from cornstarch and other plant fibers. Takes approx 2-3 years for them to biodegrade into the soil. They're not as flexible or durable as plastic, they tear easier, but THEY BIODEGRADE. Be watchful when you purchase, because 'degradable' is NOT the same as 'biodegradable'. Amazon sells a variety of them.

    Slivress SliverSlivress SliverDag geleden
    • They are more expensive and take more time for production

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  • My class in health and well-being keep getting shown this video in class by our teacher

    Roast PotatoRoast PotatoDag geleden
  • Maybe that’s causing the oceans to rise 🙄

    Levi’s ArcLevi’s ArcDag geleden
    • Yeah but very very small insignificant

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  • The orca dolphin and whales are intelligent non human species. Tell the humans the seas are sacred!!!!

    Andi BoweAndi BoweDag geleden
  • 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)

    Andi BoweAndi BoweDag geleden
  • Burmuda triangle

    Steven AndersonSteven AndersonDag geleden
  • 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.

    M JamesM JamesDag geleden
  • 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 xinruidi xinDag geleden
  • 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.

    ruidi xinruidi xinDag geleden
  • Eliminate the source, eliminate the problem.

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  • if plastic comes from oil, why don't we process plastic into oil again?

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  • 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.

    Peter RowePeter RoweDag geleden
  • 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 !!!!!!!

    koos vanpettenkoos vanpettenDag geleden
  • everything down to clams in the south pacific

    Moanilehua JanssonMoanilehua JanssonDag geleden
  • 100 years of Microplastic pollution is the concern, focus on that

    ChristoChristoDag geleden
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  • George Carlin said god created us us because he needed plastic. I think he just needed duct tape.

    Jack EmpsonJack EmpsonDag geleden
  • Oregon 🌲

    TanyoTanyoDag geleden
  • 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!

    Skeeter SaurusSkeeter SaurusDag geleden
  • I want aquaman and nemor to our rescue in cleaning the ocean...

    Zakiullah Wasif SyedZakiullah Wasif SyedDag geleden
  • 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.

    Louis EmeryLouis EmeryDag geleden
  • Plot twist, Atlantans have been turning it into weapons for revenge

    John JohnsonJohn JohnsonDag geleden
  • 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.

    Eric TaylorEric TaylorDag geleden
  • Bioengineered plastics that degrade is the answer

    Dave AppleDave AppleDag geleden
  • Fishing is the problem with our oceans, watch the documentary on Netflix called seaspiracy. It documents the problem with our oceans.

    Josh the Flat Earth JediJosh the Flat Earth JediDag geleden
  • I’m more concerned with the vast amount of silly Snowflakes we are currently being force fed ❄️

    Mactastic MeMactastic MeDag geleden
    • Exactly what I said ;) 🇺🇸 Love your profile pic 😊 Sweet family

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    • wat u meen

      Erwin LacernaErwin LacernaDag geleden
  • 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??

    enterprise59enterprise59Dag geleden
  • 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.

    CreekyGuyCreekyGuyDag geleden
  • 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.

    Najwa LaylahNajwa LaylahDag geleden
  • Don't trust anything Netflix tells you

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  • i ate it thats where it is

    Emmanuel LehmannEmmanuel LehmannDag geleden
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  • Home depot..biggest rip off artists..

    michael savonamichael savonaDag geleden
  • Companies should be held accountable for this

    Kikue ToledoKikue Toledo2 dagen geleden
  • 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

    Ted GorslineTed Gorsline2 dagen geleden
  • Unlike Greta it makes sense

    Kenny MacdonaldKenny Macdonald2 dagen geleden
  • 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.

    John GJohn G2 dagen geleden
  • How much of that garbage is sunami backwash related?

    B REALB REAL2 dagen geleden
  • 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

    rusty cowellrusty cowell2 dagen geleden
  • Cigarette filters are wood cellulose, not plastic.

    ipissedipissed2 dagen geleden
  • 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.

    krakoosh1krakoosh12 dagen geleden
  • prevention is the best solution

    Aaditya KalwaniAaditya Kalwani2 dagen geleden
  • so in reality the ocean isn't rising because of global warming but rather because of trash displacing the water causing it to rise.

    rescue centricrescue centric2 dagen geleden
  • 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.

    RemiKJV1611RemiKJV16112 dagen geleden
  • Aliens are doing it

    Simon EstradaSimon Estrada2 dagen geleden
  • Like every other environmentalist doomsday claim?

    Robert CheekRobert Cheek2 dagen geleden
  • 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

    cody holdencody holden2 dagen geleden
  • 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

    Francis EsquegaFrancis Esquega2 dagen geleden
  • Wish plastic was never discovered any other healthy material would be better 😕

    MuskanMuskan2 dagen geleden
  • so the plastic issue is baby boomers fault?

    punker4Realpunker4Real2 dagen geleden
  • ok so pay people to investigate..how about pay people to clean it up??

    Amy MurrayAmy Murray2 dagen geleden
  • I thought it was Washington dc🇦🇺

    Jack BarrieJack Barrie2 dagen geleden
  • 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.

    Mark LambertMark Lambert2 dagen geleden
  • Hemp!

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  • Stop plastic factories and the use of plastic! DO NOT BUY IT!

    Franz BoluferFranz Bolufer2 dagen geleden