The plastic that finds its way into our oceans seems to be making coral sick. And if nothing is done, there'll likely be a lot more of it in the near future.
The authors of the coral study estimate the number of plastic items entangled in Asia-Pacific reefs will increase by 40 percent by 2025 — bringing the total to over 15.4 billion pieces of plastic.
As for the ocean as a whole, well, in 2015 scientists estimated the amount of plastic that gets emptied into our ocean each year. That number was a whopping 17 billion pounds.
And if projected growth continues, then the oceans could contain more plastic than fish — at least by weight — by 2050.