Renewable Matter # 12 / September-October

A Plastic Ocean

We are constantly reminded how nature on our planet is being impacted on by humanity’s destructive action. The sea and the oceans – spaces that we are used to consider limitless and where extremely powerful natural forces are at play – have been deeply changed and transformed, year after year, during the Anthropocene.

This new era is characterized by mass extinction of plants and animals, the melting of glaciers, billions of fumes releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and above all the extensive and uncontrollable dispersal of plastic in all sorts of environments – a material that does not exist in nature, even though we currently find it in living organisms. This is the subject of A...

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