Marine litter on a remote stretch of coastline in Rekvik, Norway. Bo Eide / Flickr
By Paul Brown
A ubiquitous tide of plastic particles has now swept throughout the world's oceans.
The human rights activist Bianca Jagger described to a conference in London Tuesday how a substance that was invented only in 1907 and seemed to have almost magical properties, because it was practically indestructible, is now threatening an environmental catastrophe.