Saturday, February 09, 2008

W...T...F...

This is simply baffling and shocking - if this doesn't make one ashamed of the current state of our environment, I don't know what does.

So I will repeat - WTF?!??!?!?!?!


A "plastic soup" of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States, scientists have said.

The vast expanse of debris – in effect the world's largest rubbish dump – is held in place by swirling underwater currents. This drifting "soup" stretches from about 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, across the northern Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan.


4 comments:

Harrison said...

Together, those soups look like they can make a small continent. That's really scary. We need to cut down on plastics and move to reusable materials.

Anonymous said...

You want to combat climate change? Regulate the hot air comming out of the Clintons.

Kyle said...

lame - tired joke (hot air coming from politician). Compounding that though is the spelling error.

Courtney said...

Oh yaaa. I worked on this last year, trying to get about 5 different bills passed through CA's state senate and assembly, introduced by (my fav's) Representatives Krekorian, Simitian, Karnette, and Feure. Krekorian's bill went through, AB 258, which was to make the state monitor more closely the number of preproduction plastic pellets (called nurdles...I know, silly name, not so silly idea), that are like toxic sponges are are what they use to make molds of almost all things plastic. Once the plastic debris dumped in the ocean gets caught up in currents and pulled to what is called the Eastern Garbage Patch. There, the mass of garbage swirls and degrades back into the nurdles, and they suck up all the toxic shit all around them. The only problem is that the nurdles look yummy, and lots of sea life eat it, then die. Or they get sick and something else eats them and there is that whole great food chain that leads to us. Either way, in the northern Pacific alone about 100,000 marine animals die each year just from injesting plastic nurdles, and in the areas around the garbage patch there are as many as 6 times more nurdles than zooplankton. Scary. Join the environment group for b-dems!