PHOTOS: An ocean of plastic

A boy swims as he collects recyclable plastic bottles drifting with garbage along the coast of Manila Bay at the slum area in the Baseco Compound in metro Manila, Philippines. (Photo: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)

Globally, public awareness is growing about the harm being done by plastic, which hurts marine life and instead of biodegrading breaks down into ubiquitous micro-plastics. According to science writer Mike Berners-Lee, of the 9 billion tons of plastic ever produced, 5.4 billion has been dumped onto land or into the sea — enough to shrink-wrap the entire planet. (Reuters)

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A plastic bag is seen at the bottom of the sea, off the island of Andros, Greece. (Photo: Stelios Misinas/Reuters)
Plastic items from a whale's belly are seen in Wakatobi, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. (Photo: Stringer/Reuters)
A plastic bottle drifts on the waves of the sea at a fishing port in Isumi, east of Tokyo, Japan. (Photo: Issei Kato/Reuters)
Plastic items and other debris are seen on Vridi beach in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. (Photo: Thierry Gouegnon/Reuters)
A plastic bottle lies on the sand at Maccarese beach in Rome, Italy. (Photo: Max Rossi/Reuters)
Men fish as plastic items and other debris are seen on the shore in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. (Photo: Thierry Gouegnon/Reuters)
A cat is seen among rubbish at a shoreline in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo: Willy Kurniawan/Reuters)
A plastic bottle floats in the Mediterranean Sea, at Zikim beach near the southern city of Ashkelon, Israel. (Photo: Amir Cohen/Reuters)
Plastic waste is seen on Zikim beach, on the Mediterranean coast near the southern city of Ashkelon, Israel. (Photo: Amir Cohen/Reuters)
A plastic bag floats in a polluted canal in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)
Rubbish, most of which is plastics, is seen along a shoreline in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo: Willy Kurniawan/Reuters)
Government workers gather plastic and other debris for collection as an excavator removes the garbage from the Sekretaris River in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo: Darren Whiteside/Reuters)
Plastic waste pile and debris are seen up near the beach in Panama City, as Panama becomes the first country in Central America to ban all single-use plastic bags, in Panama. (Photo: Erick Marciscano/Reuters)
A woman is pictured at a fishermen port on the outskirts of Dakar, Senegal. (Photo: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters)
Tourists and local residents disembark a boat coming from nearby Nusa Penida island as plastic trash pollutes the beach in Sanur, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. (Photo: Johannes Christo/Reuters)
A plastic bottle washed up by the sea is seen at the Ao Phrao Beach, on the island of Ko Samet, Thailand. (Photo: Jorge Silva/Reuters)
A local resident walks along a section of Matahari Terbit beach covered in plastic and other debris washed ashore by seasonal winds near Sanur, Bali, Indonesia. (Photo: Johannes Christo/Reuters)
Fishermen boats are seen at a beach covered with plastic waste in Thanh Hoa province, Vietnam. (Photo: Nguyen Huy Kham/Reuters)
Plastic is seen floating in the Adriatic sea in National Park Kornati, Croatia. (Photo: Antonio Bronic/Reuters)
A soldier pauses while cleaning plastic and other debris on the shores of Montesinos beach, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. (Photo: Ricardo Rojas/Reuters)
A plastic drinks cup is seen washed up on New Brighton beach near Liverpool, Britain. (Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters)
A scavenger collects plastic cups for recycling in a river covered with rubbish near Pluit dam in Jakarta. (Photo: Beawiharta Beawiharta/Reuters)
A man collect plastic for recycling in a polluted river in a Jakarta slum. (Photo: Beawiharta Beawiharta/Reuters)
A government sanitary worker collects and segregate garbage, mostly assorted plastic products polluting in Manila Bay, Philippines. (Photo: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)
A man collects plastic goods in a river littered with garbage in Jakarta. (Photo: Supri Supri/Reuters)
A girls collects items thrown in as offerings by devotees in the waters of the Yamuna river on the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival in New Delhi. (Photo: Ahmad Masood/Reuters)
Plastic and general waste is seen at the Veracruz port on the outskirts of Panama City. (Photo: Carlos Jasso/Reuters)
A mother and her child gather firewood and other plastic recyclable materials that were washed up along the shores of Manila Bay at the slum area in Baseco compound, metro Manila. (Photo: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)
Garbage is seen in front of a floodgate at a canal in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters)
Scavengers clean plastic cups collected from rubbish washed ashore due to strong waves brought about by monsoon rains along the Manila bay, metro Manila, Philippines.(Photo: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters)
Government workers gather plastic and other debris for collection and disposal from the Sekretaris River in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo: Darren Whiteside/Reuters)

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