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Plastic Pollution In Oceans And Lakes Means Health Risks For Humans | NBC Nightly News

Align:start DRINKS. NBCS KEVIN TIBLS WITH AN ALARMING LOOK AT NBCS KEVIN TIBLS WITH AN ALARMING LOOK AT WHATS HAPPENING IN AN ALARMING LOOK AT WHATS HAPPENING IN THE GREAT LAKES. WHATS HAPPENING IN THE GREAT LAKES. >> Reporter: OUR WATER THE GREAT LAKES. >> Reporter: OUR WATER IS DROWNING IN >> Reporter: OUR WATER IS DROWNING IN PLASTIC.

Align:start IS DROWNING IN PLASTIC. >> PLASTICS IN THE PLASTIC. >> PLASTICS IN THE OCEAN ARE INCREASING >> PLASTICS IN THE OCEAN ARE INCREASING AT AN ALARMING RATE. OCEAN ARE INCREASING AT AN ALARMING RATE. >> Reporter: EACH YEAR AT AN ALARMING RATE. >> Reporter: EACH YEAR 8 MILLION METRIC TONS >> Reporter: EACH YEAR 8 MILLION METRIC TONS OF IT END UP IN THE 8 MILLION METRIC TONS OF IT END UP IN THE OCEANS.

Align:start OF IT END UP IN THE OCEANS. MASSIVE FLOATING OCEANS. MASSIVE FLOATING PLASTIC GARBAGE DUMPS. MASSIVE FLOATING PLASTIC GARBAGE DUMPS. THE ONE IN THE PACIFIC PLASTIC GARBAGE DUMPS. THE ONE IN THE PACIFIC TWICE THE SIZE OF THE ONE IN THE PACIFIC TWICE THE SIZE OF TEXAS.

Align:start TWICE THE SIZE OF TEXAS. ITS NOT JUST THE TEXAS. ITS NOT JUST THE OCEANS. ITS NOT JUST THE OCEANS. THE GREAT LAKES OCEANS. THE GREAT LAKES PROVIDE WATER FOR 30 THE GREAT LAKES PROVIDE WATER FOR 30 MILLION PEOPLE AND PROVIDE WATER FOR 30 MILLION PEOPLE AND HAVE FISHERIES THAT MILLION PEOPLE AND HAVE FISHERIES THAT BRING IN $5 BILLION HAVE FISHERIES THAT BRING IN $5 BILLION ANNUALLY.

Align:start BRING IN $5 BILLION ANNUALLY. SOME 22 MILLION POUNDS ANNUALLY. SOME 22 MILLION POUNDS OF PLASTIC IS DUMPED SOME 22 MILLION POUNDS OF PLASTIC IS DUMPED INTO THE GREAT LAKES OF PLASTIC IS DUMPED INTO THE GREAT LAKES EACH YEAR, 11 MILLION INTO THE GREAT LAKES EACH YEAR, 11 MILLION HERE IN LAKE MICHIGAN. EACH YEAR, 11 MILLION HERE IN LAKE MICHIGAN. THATS ENOUGH TO FILL HERE IN LAKE MICHIGAN. THATS ENOUGH TO FILL 100 OLYMPIC-SIZED THATS ENOUGH TO FILL 100 OLYMPIC-SIZED SWIMMING POOLS WITH 100 OLYMPIC-SIZED SWIMMING POOLS WITH EMPTY PLASTIC BOTTLES.

Align:start SWIMMING POOLS WITH EMPTY PLASTIC BOTTLES. AS CAPTAIN RICK EMPTY PLASTIC BOTTLES. AS CAPTAIN RICK BENTLEY PREPARES FOR AS CAPTAIN RICK BENTLEY PREPARES FOR ANOTHER SEASON OF BENTLEY PREPARES FOR ANOTHER SEASON OF CHARTERS, HE KNOWS ANOTHER SEASON OF CHARTERS, HE KNOWS HELL BE CATCHING CHARTERS, HE KNOWS HELL BE CATCHING PLASTIC JUNK ALONG HELL BE CATCHING PLASTIC JUNK ALONG WITH FISH. PLASTIC JUNK ALONG WITH FISH. >> ITS GOT TO DO WITH FISH. >> ITS GOT TO DO SOMEWHERE. >> ITS GOT TO DO SOMEWHERE.

Align:start A LOT OF TIMES IT ENDS SOMEWHERE. A LOT OF TIMES IT ENDS UP OUT HERE. A LOT OF TIMES IT ENDS UP OUT HERE. >> Reporter: AND IT UP OUT HERE. >> Reporter: AND IT DOESNT JUST GO AWAY. >> Reporter: AND IT DOESNT JUST GO AWAY. IT TAKES 50 YEARS FOR DOESNT JUST GO AWAY. IT TAKES 50 YEARS FOR A STYROFOAM CUP TO IT TAKES 50 YEARS FOR A STYROFOAM CUP TO BREAK DOWN AND 450 A STYROFOAM CUP TO BREAK DOWN AND 450 YEARS FOR THE, QUOTE, BREAK DOWN AND 450 YEARS FOR THE, QUOTE, DISPOSABLE PLASTIC YEARS FOR THE, QUOTE, DISPOSABLE PLASTIC BOTTLE.

Align:start DISPOSABLE PLASTIC BOTTLE. TOSS IT TODAY, IT BOTTLE. TOSS IT TODAY, IT WONT BE GONE UNTIL TOSS IT TODAY, IT WONT BE GONE UNTIL THE YEAR 2458. WONT BE GONE UNTIL THE YEAR 2458. AND WHAT YOU CANT SEE THE YEAR 2458. AND WHAT YOU CANT SEE CAN HARM YOU. AND WHAT YOU CANT SEE CAN HARM YOU. TINY PLASTIC CAN HARM YOU. TINY PLASTIC MICROBEADS USED IN TINY PLASTIC MICROBEADS USED IN EVERYTHING FROM MICROBEADS USED IN EVERYTHING FROM CLEANSERS TO EVERYTHING FROM CLEANSERS TO TOOTHPASTE ARE CLEANSERS TO TOOTHPASTE ARE INGESTED BY FISH AND TOOTHPASTE ARE INGESTED BY FISH AND WILDLIFE.

Align:start INGESTED BY FISH AND WILDLIFE. SOME BOTTLED WATERS WILDLIFE. SOME BOTTLED WATERS HAVE BEEN FOUND TO SOME BOTTLED WATERS HAVE BEEN FOUND TO CONTAIN MICROPLASTICS. HAVE BEEN FOUND TO CONTAIN MICROPLASTICS. >> ITS LOWERING OUR CONTAIN MICROPLASTICS. >> ITS LOWERING OUR LIFE SPAN, CAUSING >> ITS LOWERING OUR LIFE SPAN, CAUSING OBESITY, CAUSING LIFE SPAN, CAUSING OBESITY, CAUSING ASTHMA.

Align:start OBESITY, CAUSING ASTHMA. THIS IS NOT THE ASTHMA. THIS IS NOT THE AMERICAN DREAM. THIS IS NOT THE AMERICAN DREAM. WAKE UP, FOLKS. AMERICAN DREAM. WAKE UP, FOLKS. PLASTIC IS POLLUTION. WAKE UP, FOLKS. PLASTIC IS POLLUTION. >> Reporter: 70% OF PLASTIC IS POLLUTION. >> Reporter: 70% OF THE EARTH IS COVERED >> Reporter: 70% OF THE EARTH IS COVERED IN WATER. THE EARTH IS COVERED IN WATER. >> WE ALL CAME FROM IN WATER.

>> WE ALL CAME FROM WATER, RIGHT? >> WE ALL CAME FROM WATER, RIGHT? >> Reporter: NOW WATER, RIGHT? >> Reporter: NOW LITTERED WITH PLASTICS >> Reporter: NOW LITTERED WITH PLASTICS THAT DONT DECOMPOSE, LITTERED WITH PLASTICS THAT DONT DECOMPOSE, IT ISNT AS DISPOSABLE THAT DONT DECOMPOSE, IT ISNT AS DISPOSABLE AS YOU MIGHT THINK..

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