Small waves crash over rocks across the harbour from the Sydney city skyline. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne
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Plastic waste will outweigh fish in the oceans by 2050 unless the world takes drastic action to recycle the material, a report warned Tuesday on the opening day of the annual gathering of the rich and powerful in the snow-clad Swiss ski resort of Davos.The study, which drew on multiple sources, proposed setting up a new system to slash the leaking of plastics into nature, especially the oceans, and to find alternatives to crude oil and natural gas as the raw material of plastic production.Available research estimates that there are more than 150 million tonnes of plastics in the ocean today.Re-usable plastics could become a valuable commodity in a "circular economy" that relied on recycling, Stuchtey said.
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