Gallery: Even If We Stopped Polluting Today, Ocean Garbage Patches Woul...

 

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a horrifying consequence of our never-ending consumption. Now, new research shows that even if we could eliminate plastic waste and prevent all litter from making its way to the ocean, these Patches would continue to mar the planet for hundreds of years. Researchers at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science found that it doesn’t matter where in the world plastic garbage enters the ocean, it can end up in any of the five ocean basins and will likely remain there long after its original owner has passed away.

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