The United States’ Great Pacific Garbage Patch

October 17, 2009 at 11:45 am | Posted in environment, health, public safety | Leave a comment
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Click here to see the graphic in larger detail.

A mass of plastic in the Pacific, increasing tenfold each decade since 1945, is now the size of Texas and killing everything in its wake.

I call it the United States’ garbage patch because “in 1990, Americans used nearly seven times the world average in plastic … per capita.”  That rate increases every year.

It takes more than 400 years for plastics to photodegrade, they never biodegrade. As it disintegrates, the plastic becomes small enough to be ingested by aquatic organisms, including fish, mussels and birds, and winds up in our food chain.  Plastic in the ocean is killing whales and sea turtles.

Plastic bag bans are being instituted or considered in countries around the world.

UPDATE: This is one really sad and revolting result of the garbage people toss into the ocean.


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