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Report: Plastics Associations Make Progress on Ocean Cleanup

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Ann R. Thryft
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Re: A good start
Ann R. Thryft   2/25/2013 12:46:00 PM
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Thanks, Nadine: horrific is a good word for describing the Patch. BTW, that this is not the only one, since there are four other known gyres in the world's oceans, and it's not easy to detect a plastic patch using visual means alone. At least one more has been found, that one in the North Atlantic:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Atlantic_Garbage_Patch

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Ann R. Thryft   2/25/2013 12:45:21 PM
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Thanks for the clarification. No, this plastic pollution is by no means limited to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch , which is located within the  North Pacific Gyre, or to shipping lanes. Plastic is everywhere in the world's oceans and beaches. My local Santa Cruz beaches would look unbelievable--and scare away tourists--if it weren't for periodic volunteer cleanups. Here's a photo of marine debris on the Hawaiian coast:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_debris

This article also mentions the various sources: lost shipping containers, windblown from landfills, runoff through streams.

" Marine litter is even found on the floor of the Arctic ocean".

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Associations Make Progress on Ocean Cleanup
jonnk   2/25/2013 9:54:39 AM
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Progress would be actually cleaning it up.   Discussion and agreements do not actually remove the waste from the water.

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Elizabeth M   2/25/2013 4:11:07 AM
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Yes, Ann, it's definitely good to see the plastics industry taking initiative here. Plastic has its positive aspects as well, and I guess when it was invented it was hard to foresee the problem it would cause. If anyone can put a dent in this problem, it's the people in the inudstry themselves. I definitely look forward to hearing more about specific actions that are taken in the future. Great reporting.

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Elizabeth M   2/25/2013 4:03:40 AM
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Thank you for the suggestion, Dave. I will definitely check that out and also tell all my anti-plastic advocate friends.

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Elizabeth M   2/25/2013 4:00:23 AM
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I'm glad to see so many people are aware of the garbage patch of plastic out there in the middle of the Pacific. You'd be surprised how many people have no clue the damage plastic is doing. It is truly horrific, yes, and I actually just saw quite another horrific video of birds that live on an island in the middle of the ocean miles from no other land and where no humans are that are dying with large amounts of plastic in their stomachs. It's unimaginable, but this is happening right now.

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TJ McDermott   2/22/2013 9:47:10 PM
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Ann, please excuse me - my mistake, my comments were directed to you.

And yes, I'm talking about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  NadineJ's comment describes it accurately.

 

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NadineJ   2/22/2013 5:56:21 PM
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Maybe he's referring to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  It's twice the size of Texas.  20% of the plastics there come from marine sources.

Because it's within an ocean gyre (rotating current), it stays still or stagnant. 

It's horrific.

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Ann R. Thryft   2/22/2013 4:28:39 PM
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TJ, were you directing your comment to Elizabeth, or to me (I wrote the story)? And what do you mean by a "stagnation zone"?

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Ann R. Thryft   2/22/2013 4:23:41 PM
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TJ, were you directing your comment to Elizabeth, or to me (I wrote the story)? And what do you mean by a "stagnation zone"?

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