Gallery: Scripps Study Shows Plastic in Pacific Garbage Patch Has Incre...


Researchers at San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography have released a study that claims plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has increased by 100 times the amount of what was found in the region 40 years ago. Insects at the bottom of food chain are laying eggs in the pieces of small plastic that are ubiquitous in this area the size of Texas. While the Pacific Garbage Patch is commonly perceived to be an endless mess of plastic bottles and trash bobbing up and down in the water, the reality is that thousands of square miles of the ocean’s surface is covered by tiny bits of plastic that have broken down to the size of a human fingernail.

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  1. Mark Schroeder March 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Thanks you for bringing these sad and important news snippets to our attention. They help keep us vigilant to do whatever we can to reduce waste and pollution.

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