Described as being twice the size of the US, the ‘Great Pacific garbage patch’ was discovered by Charles Moore, an oceanographer in 1997. After sailing for day after day and seeing nothing but plastic floating on the surface, estimates of over 100 million tonnes of plastic in the seas are now emerging.
(NaturalNews) There is about 100 million tons of debris floating, drifting, and swirling in the Pacific Ocean approximately 500 miles off the coast of California, stretching past the Hawaiian Islands, and extending almost to Japan.
Translucent, it lies just below the surface of the ocean and is undetected by satellite photography. The only way it can be seen is by ships sailing through it.
Plastics as old as 50 years have been recovered from the ocean. Approximately one-fifth of the plastic soup comes from trash discarded from ships and oil platforms. The remaining four-fifths come from land. It is estimated that plastic makes up 90% of all refuse floating in the ocean and the UN Environment Programme estimated recently that each square mile of ocean water contains 46,000 pieces of floating garbage.
I dread to think of the amount of ocean going wildlife that has been killed by our disposal methods and our ‘advancements’.
Like a lot of other things we take for granted, the overall outcome of using new materials and technologies is not fully tested and theorised before it is let loose onto the markets for public use. Plastic was a revolution for lots of people, yet it is now becoming one of our most hated products.
The same type of thing came from asbestos. Great for buildings and ships and many other uses, yet completely hazardous to all living things.
The greatest problem is having the time to do a full scale investigation into all new products.
Asbestos must be disposed of properly.. where?
In the ground by all accounts. The seas seem to be the right place for plastics it would appear.
Either way, we are seriously damaging any future for this planet, its wildlife and ourselves.