10 May '12, 6pm

Plastic in 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch' Has Increased 100-Fold

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Environment and Climate Resource Center page . Plastic garbage in the ocean has increased 100-fold in the past 40 years and could have ecosystem-wide impacts, according to a study released Tuesday. Scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography looked at the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre (NPSG), known as the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch,' and found an "alarming amount" of plastic trash, much in small bits. The plastic trash was leading to an increase in "sea skaters," a marine insect, eggs because the insects were using the increased plastic floating matter as to lay their eggs on. This increase may have widespread impacts across the marine food web. "This paper shows a dramatic increase in plastic over a relatively short time period and the effect it's having on a common North Pacific Gyre invertebrat...

Full article: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_25419.cfm

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