Photographer Documents Effects of Plastic Waste on Birds in the Pacific

©Chris Jordan In these horrifying photos Chris Jordon documents how adult Albatross feed their young plastic foraged from the ocean, mistaking it for food. The plastic eventually kills the baby birds. “Prix Pictet finalist Chris Jordan has been documenting an astonishing and disturbing effect of consumer waste: discarded plastic packaging and toys inside the stomachs of […]

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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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Drowning in an Ocean of Plastic

Wired The United Nations has turned its attention to the oceans for World Environment Day, and one of the main evildoers is a familiar one — plastic. Marine trash, mainly plastic, is killing more than a million seabirds and 100,000 mammals and sea turtles each year, said U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in a statement. click […]

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