Entries from January 2008

Plastic Is Everywhere

Oh, but how would I keep my bread fresh or brush my teeth without it? It’s all so confusing. I dream of a world where everything is decomposable and biodegradable and seeps back into the earth in a dark and creamy mulch. And yet how much shorter would our life-spans be were it not for […]

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Plastic ocean: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

by SUSAN CASEY A vast swath of the Pacific, twice the size of Texas, is full of a plastic stew that is entering the food chain. Scientists say these toxins are causing obesity, infertility…and worse… LONG BEACH, California (4 Nov 2007) — Fate can take strange forms, and so perhaps it does not seem unusual […]

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Plastic Turning Vast Area of Ocean into Ecological Nightmare

CHARLES MOORE Santa Barbara News – Press 27 oct 02 An albatross carcass shows how much plastic the great birds can ingest from the Pacific Ocean. There is a large part of the central Pacific Ocean that no one ever visits and only a few ever pass through. Sailors avoid it like the plague for […]

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Why is the world’s biggest landfill in the Pacific Ocean?

In the broad expanse of the northern Pacific Ocean, there exists the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, a slowly moving, clockwise spiral of currents created by a high-pressure system of air currents. The area is an oceanic desert, filled with tiny phytoplankton but few big fish or mammals. Due to its lack of large fish and […]

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Plague of Plastic Chokes the Seas

LOS ANGELES TIMES By Kenneth R. Weiss, Times Staff Writer August 2, 2006 MIDWAY ATOLL — The albatross chick jumped to its feet, eyes alert and focused. At 5 months, it stood 18 inches tall and was fully feathered except for the fuzz that fringed its head. All attitude, the chick straightened up and clacked […]

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China Bans Free Plastic Bags

NPR China may lag behind developed nations in tackling air and water pollution, but it has just taken the lead in one area: banning free plastic bags. In the future, Chinese shoppers will either have to buy them or bring their own. The move is expected to save China millions of barrels of oil each […]

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