'More masks than jellyfish': coronavirus waste ends up in ocean

Renee Cho, Columbia University, State of the Planet Earth Instituted

Photo by Brian Yurasits on Unsplash
Photo by Brian Yurasits on Unsplash

A glut of discarded single-use masks and gloves is washing up on shorelines and littering the seabed;

Conservationists have warned that the coronavirus pandemic could spark a surge in ocean pollution – adding to a glut of plastic waste that already threatens marine life – after finding disposable masks floating like jellyfish and waterlogged latex gloves scattered across seabeds.

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