The British Royal statistical society has a tradition of forming “a popular number of the year,” which was supposed to document his spirit and symbolism. In the 2017th they became the number 69 — so many Americans die on average per year from lawn mowers. And this year the main number of the selected 90,5 — so many percent of plastic waste in the world will never get recycled.
It is not necessary to perceive the absurdity or alienation from the life of such studies. 69 became a decisive argument broke out in a fierce debate about whether to prohibit entry into the United States migrants, among which, supposedly, many people are prone to violence. The word took statistics and all of a sudden it turned out that migrants kill only 2 people per year, whereas Americans consume on 11 737 their neighbors for the same period. Even lawn mowers, tools of peace, and that is a much more dangerous visitors — 69 has had a great impact on American society in the 2017th.
Over the past 60 years, since the beginning of mass production of plastic in the world accumulated 6.3 billion metric tons of plastic waste. And from 90,5% are never recycled, unless there is some technological revolution or other drastic events. But what are these 90,5%? How to measure the usual measure, to understand the magnitude of what is happening? For example, if you put garbage in plastic the packages, you get 7.2 trillion packages. Imagine a road to the moon, lined with this stuff — it would be a long tape with a width of 2 km!
Not impressive? Well, Yes, the Moon is far away, but the economic problems affect everyone. Statistics have estimated that at current rates on the reception of plastic waste for recycling in one complete package of materials for about $1. Means lying around us $7 trillion — if someone has processed at least half, it could come to Silicon valley and just start buying up all the IT companies in succession, without looking at the price tag. But no, 90,5% of this wealth will pollute the oceans and third world countries, and we will continue to provoke a climate catastrophe that by the year 2050 to accumulate over 12 billion metric tons of plastic waste.
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