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China is lead contributor to plastic trash in oceans, study says
China is lead contributor to plastic trash in oceans, study says

The first worldwide estimate of where the ocean's massive amounts of plastic garbage comes from points at China and developing economies in Asia. The study, published online Thursday in the journal Science, estimates that China's heavily coastal population contributes 1.3 million to 3.5 million metric tons of plastic to the world's oceans each year, largely due to mismanaged waste. Eight of the top 10 contributors were in Asia, including Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh, according to the study, which estimated that 4.8 million to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic wound up in the world's oceans in 2010. ...

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