FLORIDA — Scientists estimate over 12 million tons of plastic wash into the world’s oceans each year, with pieces of it found in the deepest areas ever explored, and even embedded in remote arctic ice.
Much of it, known as microplastics, can’t even be seen with the naked eye. But the invisible threat to marine life is there and it could affect everyone.
Microplastics are tiny particles of plastic that measure less than 5 millimeters in size, and result from plastic waste breaking down into smaller pieces.
While the research on the effects of microplastics is still emerging, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports they could potentially harm not only marine ecosystems but...