A recent look at plastic debris in the Pacific Ocean shows that the amount of plastic pollution has been vastly underestimated. It turns out the plastic debris is not just sitting on the surface of the water, but is also sinking 25 meters beneath the water line, hiding a giant portion of the waste. Action must be taken to clean up this horrible plastic dump in the Pacific Ocean.
Signed....this just breaks your heart to know its not getting any better..
Signed. The trash in the Pacific Ocean is greatly underestimated.
Japan tsunami debris moves towards US and Canada
Wreckage including lumber, footballs, parts of roofs and factories, and even bikes will soon start coming ashore in North America
Wreckage from Japan's tsunami – fishing gear and furniture, footballs and ships – has swept across the Pacific far faster than expected, with thousands of tonnes projected to land on North American shores this year.
Scientists believe lighter objects such as buoys and oil drums began reaching land last November or December. The rest is spread over thousands of miles of ocean between the Midway atoll and the northern islands of Hawaii.
About 95% will probably never come ashore and is destined for that massive swirl of floating plastic known as the north Pacific garbage patch. The remaining fraction is due to reach the west coast of the US and Canada in October.
No one expects to wake up one morning to a tsunami of rubbish. "It is not like you are going to be standing on the beach looking at the horizon and see a wall of debris come in," said Nicholas Mallos, a marine debris expert at the Ocean Conservancy.
Perhaps it is possible for Japan to recycle debris (it is very sad writing about this!) It must also affect shipping & cruise lines. Very interesting article Kay. Amazing that ships are loose floating in seas ..
An enormous enterprise could be made of 'ocean recycling.'
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so it went from the size of texas onward to the size of a small country.
will be sailing the Pacific this summer,will report back on what I see and hear.
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This guide is colorful, cute, and makes curbside recycling requirements easy to understand! Kid friendly, but still perfect for adults too. Print it out and give it to friends and neighbors. Part 2: Drop off Recycling is coming soon...