Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean

Overview of attention for article published in Science, February 2015
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
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Title
Plastic waste inputs from land into the ocean
Published in
Science, February 2015
DOI 10.1126/science.1260352
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Authors

Jenna R. Jambeck, Roland Geyer, Chris Wilcox, Theodore R. Siegler, Miriam Perryman, Anthony Andrady, Ramani Narayan, Kara Lavender Law, Jambeck JR, Geyer R, Wilcox C, Siegler TR, Perryman M, Andrady A, Narayan R, Law KL

Abstract

Plastic debris in the marine environment is widely documented, but the quantity of plastic entering the ocean from waste generated on land is unknown. By linking worldwide data on solid waste, population density, and economic status, we estimated the mass of land-based plastic waste entering the ocean. We calculate that 275 million metric tons (MT) of plastic waste was generated in 192 coastal countries in 2010, with 4.8 to 12.7 million MT entering the ocean. Population size and the quality of waste management systems largely determine which countries contribute the greatest mass of uncaptured waste available to become plastic marine debris. Without waste management infrastructure improvements, the cumulative quantity of plastic waste available to enter the ocean from land is predicted to increase by an order of magnitude by 2025.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Italy 1 4%
United States 1 4%
Unknown 21 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 6 26%
Researcher 6 26%
Professor > Associate Professor 4 17%
Student > Bachelor 3 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 2 9%
Other 2 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 8 35%
Environmental Science 5 22%
Chemistry 5 22%
Medicine and Dentistry 2 9%
Business, Management and Accounting 1 4%
Other 2 9%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2475. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 15 March 2017.
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#119
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#6
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#2
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