Marine litter data graphically presented by UNEP/GRID

Plasticized animal species Science

Marine Litter Vital Graphics is a new report which provides an outstanding set of more than 30 graphics illustrating aspects of the current source, destination and problems of marine litter. The report is organized around themes and topics each of which is accompanied with various quality illustrations. The report and each of the illustrations/graphics are available online and users are free to use any of the material in their own work with appropriate acknowledgement via a standard citation provided by GRID.

The report sets out to extend knowledge and effects of marine litter from source to destination and associated problems by presenting a readily and visually understood summary. The data used was the most recent available at the time of preparing the report. Topics covered and illustrated include:Pathways and fluxes of plastic into the ocean

  • What is marine litter and why it is of concern.
  • Are most of the plastics produced still around?
  • Which plastics float and which sink in seawater?
  • Debris size category.
  • Animal groups affected by entanglement, suffocation and/or ingestion
  • How plastic moves from the economy to the environment
  • How plastics enter the food web
  • How microplastics could end up on a consumer’s plate
  • Plastic debris in the ocean: a multiplicity of sources and pathways
  • How microplastics are generated
  • Pathways and fluxes of plastics into the oceans
  • Plastic input from municipal solid waste and wastewater
  • Plastic currents: A giant distribution system for marine plastics

This report is one of a (growing) series of high quality graphics reports by GRID-Arendal with assistance from UNEP and the Government of Norway.

Source: Marine Litter Vital Graphics, United Nations Environment Programme and GRID-Arendal, 2016, Nairobi and Arendal.