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Study: Chinese Cargo Ships Dump 73% of Trash in Atlantic Ocean

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International researchers estimate that as much as 73 percent of the garbage in the Atlantic Ocean originates from Chinese merchant vessels, Canada’s National Post reported on Tuesday.

Researchers from Canada and South Africa studied waste washed up on the beaches of Inaccessible Island, an island in the heart of the southern Atlantic Ocean, on a series of trips that began in 1984. Nearly three-quarters of the trash they sifted through originatedin Asia, produced by China. The research challenges long assumptions that plastic debris at sea primarily originates on land.:snip:

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Scottish organization warns of plastic waste after finding 220 pounds of debris in dead whale

A Scottish organization is warning about the threat of plastic waste to marine life after a large mass of debris was found in the stomach of a dead juvenile sperm whale.

The whale, which washed ashore on Seilebost beach in Scotland, consumed about 220 pounds of plastic waste before its death, according to a Facebook post from the Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme (SMASS) on Sunday.

"This amount of plastic in the stomach is nonetheless horrific, must have compromised digestion, and serves to demonstrate, yet again, the hazards that marine litter and lost or discarded fishing gear can cause to marine life," SMASS officials wrote.:snip:

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