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Infographic: A guide to plastic in the ocean

Plastic garbage at sea is a key threat the planet has to face, as there is about 8 million metric tons of plastic making way in the ocean every year. This is equivalent to the weight of nearly 90 aircraft carriers. These plastics come in many different forms: food wrappers, bottles, bags, straws, and containers, all made of plastic.

May-July 2018 was the warmest period ever for the US

The heat was hard to beat around the US last month, making it the 11th warmest July on record. Meanwhile, the sweltering temperatures the last three months brought the warmest May through July on record, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

First half of 2018 was the 4th warmest ever for the planet

Persistent warm temperatures around the world last month made for the 5th warmest June ever and the first half of the year the 4th warmest for the planet, according to NOAA’s monthly analysis. The average global temperature in June was 1.35 degrees F above the 20th-century average of 59.9 degrees.

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