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Plastic debris in the ocean: a multiplicity of sources and pathways

One of the major challenges to addressing the increasing amounts of litter accumulating in the marine environment is the fact that its sources are multiple and widespread. There are three main human activities leading to to the leakage of plastic debris to the environment and eventually into the ocean: • Inadequate management of waste and residues generated by practically any type of human activity, which can lead to their accidental release in the environment. • Intentional littering is the conscious, inappropriate disposal of waste whether industrial, commercial or domestic. • Unintentional littering includes regular, uncontained procedures related to any extractive, manufacturing, distribution or consumption process that contributes litter stocks to the marine realm. For any form of publication, please include the link to this page: www.grida.no/resources/6922

Year: 2016

From collection: Marine Litter Vital Graphics

Cartographer: Maphoto/Riccardo Pravettoni

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