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Billions of tons of plastic trash accumulating on Earth

MIAMI: The world has a plastic problem. More than 9.1 billion tons (8.3 metric tons) of it have been produced on Earth, with most dumped into landfills or the oceans, US researchers said on Wednesday. The report in the journal Science Advances is described as "the first global analysis of all mass-produced plastics," and warns that an even more dire scenario lies ahead. At the current pace, "over 13 billion tons of plastic waste will be discarded in landfills or in the environment by 2050." This amount -- which converts…