09 May '12, 3pm

Pacific Garbage Patch has gotten 100 times worse in 40 years

Pacific Garbage Patch has gotten 100 times worse in 40 years

Since the 1970s, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an area of the ocean clotted with plastic microparticles — has grown 100-fold . And this is very bad news, not only because of the creatures it harms but because of the ones it helps. According to a new study from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, every cubic meter of ocean in the area, a Texas-sized chunk of ocean located 1,000 miles north of Hawaii, has about 100 times more plastic than it did 40 years ago. While many of the samples 40 years ago found little or no plastic, vast stretches of the North Pacific are now polluted with billions of tiny pieces of confetti-like trash that comes from garbage that floats out to sea and breaks down in wind and waves. That’s directly harmful to animals like fish and sea turtles, which eat the tiny plastic pieces thinking that they’re food. But it’s a boon to the water strider...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/pacific-garbage-patch-has-gotten-10...

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