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National Academy of Sciences: US must cut plastic production to slow marine pollution

The United States must act to curb plastic waste in oceans by developing a comprehensive national strategy that includes reducing plastic production, a new report from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has determined.

While only 4.3 percent of Earth’s population resides in the U.S., the country was the world’s “top generator of plastic waste” in 2016 and exceeded that of all European nations combined — generating a total of 42 million metric tons of such waste that year, the report found.

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