Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Drowning in our own Waste

I was alarmed to read this in The Independent today:

It seems that in the past year this plastic garbage swamp, floating in the Pacific, has grown from an area the size of Texas to an area twice the size of the continental U.S.A. .

Why should we be concerned?

Well, any seafood you eat is permeated with this crap. Not to mention the minced seafood fed to the ground that nice salad left and that roast chicken....?


  1. it's known as the floating garbage dump, and it's so gigantic that ships have to navigate around it.

    if you want to be truly appalled, go to the L.A. Times website and search for their brilliant series called "Altered Oceans." it won the pulitzer prize last year.

    it is astounding and depressing and absolutely clear.

    everyone should read it.

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  3. Laurie:
    yes, I had read that, the damn things just appears to be expanding so rapidly, it is frightening, especially when ships have to navigate for hundreds of miles around it!

  4. I'd never heard of the Pacific's plastic continents before, what an alarming business. Sounds a bit like science fiction. There's probably some life-form germinating inside them, and one day they'll spring up and consume America. Seriously though, is no government doing anything about them? Or are they just going to get bigger and bigger until you can't cross the Pacific at all?

  5. Good call, "plastic continents", Nick, I never cease to be amazed at the destruction we are wreaking on Gaia. We can only do our own bit
    and make sure we are not contributing.
    And as to not crossing the Pacific and government involvement - I guess it could be gathered up but where would it be put? Though I did hear, unsourced, that we were going to start shooting it into space.
    Yeah, soon Gaia will shrug us off like the pestilent little fleas we are.


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