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Newly Discovered 'Plastic Island' Shows Global Epidemic Worsening

Environment  (tags: the world's oceans, floating garbage patches, plastic islands, 5 Gyres Institute, Easter Islands, South Pacific subtropical gyre, Australian researchers )

- 1915 days ago -
'Even if everyone stopped putting garbage in the ocean today, giant garbage patches would continue to grow for hundreds of years'.

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Jason S (50)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 6:21 pm
Good posting, thanks

Nicole W (646)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 6:27 pm
this is so very important, thank you Judy!
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Jade N (22)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 7:35 pm
I can't believe it. Noted, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 8:37 pm
we all must help cheers Judy

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 8:51 pm
Bloody hell Thanks Judy

Bill K (4)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 9:16 pm
most trash in the oceans comes from upstream, not from direct dumping. we need more people picking up trash before it's washed into streams and storm sewers. please adopt an area near your home and keep it clean.

Judy C (97)
Sunday January 20, 2013, 9:57 pm
This problem of garbage patches is a nightmare, worse than we thought. Of course it traps, injures or kills animals, too.

Thanks, Nicole. I think Bill is the only one who can get a green star from me at this time. That's a very good point, Bill. So many times we assume that somebody else is responsible for cleanup in some places. we're all responsible.

Christeen Anderson (370)
Monday January 21, 2013, 8:02 am
This is quite disturbing and we all need to take action on this very important matter. Thank you.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Monday January 21, 2013, 9:58 am
Surely some company could make money collecting and recycling the ocean's plastics. No? At least we should stop it's increase. Use cloth shopping bags.

Alice C (1797)
Monday January 21, 2013, 10:05 am
Thanks Judy ~ shared

Pogle S (88)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 12:31 am
Fish it all out I say; it, cannot be that hard surely?

Robert O (12)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 12:32 am
Horrible. Thanks Judy.

Denis Jacquet (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 12:46 am

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 12:51 am
We ALL need to get the garbage out of the ocean and clean it up! Needs to be addressed by ALL governments. If the oceans die, we die - that ought to be enough of an incentive to get people off their bums and doing something about it, but no, we have a garbage patch the size of Texas (I believe) and other smaller ones, and they should NOT be there!

Pepa Pepojevic (1)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:30 am
Ty, noted

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 2:52 am
We need to bannish plastic water and pop bottles as i believe these are the 2 main culprits. Companies need to find more innovative ways to package anything other then plastics,but ultimately it's man's ignorane that is at thr root as per usual.

Ingo Schreiner (8)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 3:34 am

Sam E M (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:33 am
Good point made by Bill K.
Why do we continue to make and use plastic when we all know it's polluting the entire planet, including our precious oceans? There are other options, since people managed ok before plastic existed. The fact that it's convenient and easy to use does not make it acceptable. Even in high seas far from any land, test samples of the water have shown that there are huge amounts of plastic micro particles.

Ro H (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:46 am
Enemy of the planet? Humans

Ilia A (34)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 5:16 am
is there any way to recover these "islands" and recycle all that plastic?

Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 7:46 am
Lets clean it up and bill all the corporations?

Wim Zunnebeld (144)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 7:55 am
Sad news

Mary Donnelly (47)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 12:48 pm
Thanks Judy--what a mess.

BG Callahan (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:01 pm
I saw material in there that could be used to build instead of using trees. Somewhere I saw an article about using soda bottle to create "bottle houses". I spotted a bunch of orange beams or pipes in one photo. All that nautical rope could be woven into housing components. It looks like there's a gold mine out there; hire a bunch of artists who create amazing things with junk and put 'em to work!

Sergio Padilla (65)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:27 pm

Muriel Servaege (53)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:34 pm
Thank you, Judy. It's scary.

Claudia O (73)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:48 pm
We keep learning about all of the harm we do and seldom find ways to move on to heal this planet. What can we each do? That is what we need to concentrate upon. As individuals...what can we do? What can we insist large corporations do? What can we move our governments to do? And we are running out of time to do anything.

MmAway M (505)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:54 pm
Thank you Judy~ I used to sail and saw people toss junk over their ships CRANKY THEN CRANKIER NOW!

Aurea Aurea Walker (226)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 2:37 pm
Reading the article is so sad, we seem to do nothing but destroy, destroy and DESTROY SOME MORE! What are we leaving for future generations? Does not seem like a sub stainable future at all. The world we now live in is challenging now, what will it be in 50 years? :(

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 3:00 pm
So sad. You'd think that people would care about the ocean and even the land they live and walk on. How people can litter is crazy. I'm curious if they are just as destructive to their own home where they live??? Their brains need to be reprogramed. Thanks Judy

Charlene Rush (79)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 3:07 pm
We say we care, but, how much as we willing to inconvenience ourselves to reach our goal?
Of course, when I say 'we', I am indicating the whole of humans around the world.

Our selfishness has reached a new HIGH, in my lifetime, and worrying about the future of our planet, does not appear to be high on the list of prioirities. As long as we want everying _now_, we fail our future generations.
This makes me wonder if people who say they believe in god, actually do. Most unbelievers I know, are more concerned than the so-called believers.


Trish K (93)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 3:34 pm
Why do we keep talking about it while letting it drift to kill more wildlife. If I had a ship I would pick it up and dump in the Algerian oil fields or a closer oil field and put it right back where it came from.

Natalie V (27)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 3:38 pm
noted, thanks

Brad Kraus (6)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:21 pm
Thank you for the post. It is a shame we put our convenience ahead of the well being of this planet and the life on it.

JM A (176)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:44 pm

Theodore Shayne (56)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 4:47 pm
We have seen the enemy and the enemy is us. This is inexcusable. There is no reason for all the nations responsible not to pitch in and clean it up. Plastics can be converted and made into recyclable items that can be used again.

Darryl Smith (10)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 5:21 pm
My thought on this is maybe there is too much to net it out of the ocean. If so maybe there is some way to dissolve it without further destroying the Eco-system.

Sonny Honrado (5)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 5:21 pm
Thanks for the information.

Diane K (134)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 6:02 pm
Very informative, now all the world has to do is use biodegradable plastic to start.
Thank you.

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 7:58 pm
Horribly sad. Shared.

Pamela C (75)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 10:32 pm
Sickening. Anyone who doesn't agree with a ban on plastic needs to see this.

gary p (5)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 11:39 pm
The extent of this plastic pollution is more than one might realise. I recently went to Luxor and the amount of plastic rubbish along the Nile edges was horrific. Watching bare footed children playing amongst it was frightening. Seeing te hotel ships tipping bin liners full of rubbish into the river was appalling. People everywhere should act to stop this degredation of our world.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 12:55 am
Noted with deep sad ,Thanks Judy.

Judy C (97)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 1:41 am
Thanks to all who read and commented. There are some good ideas for solutions that some have offered. Maybe there is some way to solve this mess. We can at least use biodegradable trash bags. I try to avoid plastics, and it's hard to do so. It's just everywhere.

Vera T (2)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 1:46 am
surely some wealthy companies can net or hook out these massive plastic islands bit by bit load them on to barges and dispose of them on land - it's disgusting how we pollute the world

Gvapo T (22)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 12:10 pm
this is just terrible! :/
I presume that some private companies with the state/un subsidies/funding can do a needed "miracle"...

Klaus Peters (14)
Sunday February 3, 2013, 3:42 am
We humans only have ourselves to blame. Most people, companies and countries just don't care. Out of sight out of mind. But all will suffer the consequences of the irresponsible and greedy, no one will be spared; not even the wealthy maggots with all their $$$.
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