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The extreme effects of plastic on the world's oceans

Tribune News Service Logo Tribune News Service | Slide 1 of 17: One of the most pressing threats to the health of our planet's oceans and the marine life within them is plastic. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean every year. The health of the oceans affects the health of our planet, from the food we eat to the water we drink to the air we breathe. Here are the alarming ways that the ocean is being destroyed by plastics.

The extreme effects of plastic on the world's oceans

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One of the most pressing threats to the health of our planet's oceans and the marine life within them is plastic. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into the ocean every year. The health of the oceans affects the health of our planet, from the food we eat to the water we drink to the air we breathe. Here are the alarming ways that the ocean is being destroyed by plastics.

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