Public Domain Unsplash / Brian Yurasits A scientific assessment has confirmed enormous amounts of waste and definite harm to wildlife. It has been almost eight months since prime minister Justin Trudeau promised that Canada would get rid of single-use plastics . Last June he launched a scientific assessment, required by the Canadian Environmental Protection Act in order to implement such a ban, and a draft version was just published on Thursday. From CBC : "The report says that in 2016, 29,000 tonnes of plastic garbage, the equivalent of about 2.3 billion single-use plastic water bottles, ended up as litter in Canada — on beaches, in parks, in lakes and even in the air." The report looked at both macroplastics and microplastics. Macroplastics are larger pieces that animals may ingest or tangled in, such as shopping bags, toothbrushes, and nylon ropes. These interfere with their ability to breathe, digest food, and feel hunger, often resulting in starvation and death. The harmful effects of macroplastics are indisputably clear. © Darrell Blatchley, director of D’ Bone Collector Museum Inc., shows plastic waste found in the stomach of a Cuvier’s beaked whale in Compostela Valley, Davao. March 16, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images) According […]


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