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Local surf champ Dede Suryana rides a wave laden with plastic bags, noodle wrappers, and other trash in South Java, Indonesia, in 2013. The murky surf was photographed after a storm in a remote area located some 15 hours by car from Jakarta. Plastic packaging and single-use items account for 61 percent of litter scattered across beaches worldwide, with debris found in every ocean, including the waters off remote islands, the two poles, and even the deep sea floor. In 2017, factories produced a cumulative 8.3 billion metric tons of new plastic—only 9 percent of that amount has ever been recycled. Up to 13 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean each year; equivalent to a garbage truck emptying trash into the sea every minute. Pew is working with governments, industry, scientists, and nongovernmental organizations to better understand this global problem, and help find solutions aimed at reducing the amount of plastic entering the ocean.

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Agenda for America

Resources for federal, state, and local decision-makers

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for emerging challenges, it makes government more effective and better able to serve the public interest.

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States of Innovation

Data-driven state policy innovations across America

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Data-driven policymaking is not just a tool for finding new solutions for difficult challenges. When states serve their traditional role as laboratories of innovation, they increase the American people’s confidence that the government they choose—no matter the size—can be effective, responsive, and in the public interest.

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What Is the Blue Economy?

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Fisheries, tourism, and shipping are some of the ways we quantify the monetary value of the ocean—but it also drives weather patterns and provides more than 1 billion people with their primary source of protein. As the ocean faces increasing environmental stresses, what would an economic approach mean for conservation efforts? We explore the issue with a fishing family in Florida and Pew’s Tom Dillon.