"The reason why plastic pollution has got so much attention is that science has shown the scale of the problem. Every single place that any marine scientist has ever looked, they have found plastic everywhere," she said.
The agreement announced Wednesday will give the company controlled by Rupert Murdoch's family a 73 percent stake in the new National Geographic Partners venture. The society retains 27 percent ownership. The move shifts the longtime nonprofit flagship magazine into a for-profit venture.