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ANTARCTICA: Plastics Found in Southern Ocean

Environment  (tags: ecosystems, environment, pollution, protection, humans, world, politics, green, destruction, conservation, oceans, water )

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The first traces of plastic debris have been found in the once pristine environment of the Southern Ocean, according to a new study.

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Bill K (4)
Thursday September 27, 2012, 5:04 pm
We can all help the oceans by cleaning trash wherever we are before it makes its way into storm sewers or streams which will eventually carry it to sea. And since 80% of ocean trash comes from upstream and not direct dumping we can all make a difference in our own neighborhoods.

John B (185)
Thursday September 27, 2012, 8:34 pm
Thanks Cal for the link to the ENN article by Liz Shaw. That the Southern Ocean has been found to be just as contaminated as the others is to me quite distressing. We must work harder to stop this "plastic pollution" of our oceans. Read and sadly noted.

Past Member (0)
Thursday September 27, 2012, 10:42 pm

Past Member (0)
Friday September 28, 2012, 12:16 am
How awful. Why do people litter and how can they think it doesn't matter? We really need massive educational campaigns for people all over the world to learn to respect the environment.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 28, 2012, 2:40 am
Sadly noted.

natalie n (164)
Friday September 28, 2012, 3:47 am
humans still have a long way to go before they learn to be more 'civilized' and not mess with mother nature.

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Friday September 28, 2012, 4:20 am
sometimes I think plastic was one of he greatest inventions, mostly I wish it never came along...

Sam E M (0)
Friday September 28, 2012, 4:44 am
When I learned this is was a real shock.
It means of course that it's unlikely we'll ever again find any sea or ocean where the fish have not swallowed even a small quantity of plastic with its chemical poisons. It's a disaster not only for the fish but also the humans who eat them.

Past Member (0)
Friday September 28, 2012, 4:57 am
Noted thanks

Carol H (229)
Friday September 28, 2012, 4:58 am
sadly noted

Anna M (18)
Friday September 28, 2012, 5:53 am

Humankind has not woven the web of life.
We are but one thread within it.
Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.
All things are bound together.
All things connect.
Chief Seattle, 1854
When all the trees have been cut down,
When all the animals have been hunted,
When all the waters are polluted,
When all the air is unsafe to breathe,
Only then will you discover
You cannot eat money.
Cree Prophecy
Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors
We borrow it from our Children.
Ancient Indian Proverb
The price of anything is the amount of life exchanged for it.

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Friday September 28, 2012, 5:56 am
We are slowly but continuously destroying our planet and all living things on it...

kapravelos t (5)
Friday September 28, 2012, 8:43 am
sad very sad we dont respect our selfs and how we will learn our children to respect this world ? how ?

David C (131)
Friday September 28, 2012, 9:02 am
this is very sad....plastics would be a great invention if humans could learn to recycle and reuse rather than trash and trash and trash.........

there is no planet B for life, we must learn to save the one we have.....

pam w (139)
Friday September 28, 2012, 10:22 am

Adam Hamilton (1)
Friday September 28, 2012, 11:12 am

Maria S (95)
Friday September 28, 2012, 12:16 pm
Sadly noted. Thanks.

Tamara Hayes (185)
Friday September 28, 2012, 2:13 pm
Noted with a very heavy heart. We have most definitely reached the tipping point.

Terry V (30)
Friday September 28, 2012, 6:11 pm

Aletta Kraan (146)
Friday September 28, 2012, 8:13 pm
Noted , thanks , we should all be more careful !

Sandra M Z (114)
Friday September 28, 2012, 11:39 pm
No matter where we go, there we are.......

Bill K. great comment to keep us focused on the positive! Educating people on these issues to encourage recycling can help.


Sea Shepard, we need another campaign to pick up all this plastic!

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Noted, Thank you Cal.

Pogle S (88)
Saturday September 29, 2012, 3:14 am
Lifestyle changes anyone? Green energy and hemp based biodegradable plastics are the way forward into the new paradigm!

Cheryl B (64)
Saturday September 29, 2012, 5:25 am

Cheryl B (64)
Saturday September 29, 2012, 5:25 am

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Saturday September 29, 2012, 9:04 am

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Saturday September 29, 2012, 9:04 am

James Merit (144)
Saturday September 29, 2012, 10:08 am

. (7)
Saturday September 29, 2012, 10:53 am
Sadly noted, thanks.

Lindsay K (6)
Saturday September 29, 2012, 3:40 pm
When will governments wake up to the fact that difficult decisions have to be taken? We need to re-use as much as possible, not just recycle! Remember the days when you returned bottles and got a deposit back?

When I was on holiday in Italy in the summer, I saw a great idea. You could buy a plastic bottle and fill it from a dispensing machine with washing up liquid, cleaner, washing liquid, fabric conditioner. We could all look at doing that across a whole load of products!

Jody H (22)
Saturday October 6, 2012, 12:42 am
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