Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

Chart shows plastics pollution produced by country in millions of short tons.
Jenna Jambeck, an environment engineering professor at the University of Georgia, holds a plastic baggie with trash collected from a clean up in 2015 at Panama Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Seth Borenstein)

WASHINGTON — Cities and nations are looking at banning plastic straws and stirrers in hopes of addressing the world’s plastic pollution problem. The problem is so large, though, that scientists say that’s not nearly enough.