The report found that 80 percent of the oceans' litter originated on land. While ships drop the occasional load of shoes or hockey gloves into the waters (sometimes on purpose and illegally), the vast majority of sea garbage begins its journey as onshore trash.
To the eyes of an oceanographer, the image is pure catastrophe.
Pour les yeux d'un océanographe, l'image est une pure catastrophe.
Para os olhos de um oceanógrafo, a imagem é pura catástrofe.
A los ojos de un oceanógrafo, la imagen es pura catástrofe.
In reality, the rogue bag would float into a sewer, follow the storm drain to the ocean, then make its way to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch - a heap of debris floating in the Pacific that's twice the size of Texas, according to marine biologists.
The enormous stew of trash - which consists of 80 percent plastics and weighs some 3.5 million tons, say oceanographers - floats where few people ever travel, in a no-man's land between San Francisco and Hawaii. CLICK HERE: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/10/19/SS6JS8RH0.DTL&hw=pacific+patch&sn=001&sc=1000
An international convention called MARPOL bans the dumping of plastics at sea, but enforcement on the open ocean is nonexistent.
“there’s no reason why a six-pack ring or a peanut butter jar should have to last for 400 years.”
“Plastic is not just an aesthetic problem,” says marine biologist David Barnes of the British Antarctic Survey. “It can actually change entire ecosystems.”
Mindfully.org note: The plastics industry should be made to be responsible for their products, byproducts, and waste throughout the lifecycle of the material. The creator should bear all liability. A great percentage of the plastic that Captain Moore has found is made up of preproduction pellets, called nurdles. We believe that if the industry were completely responsible for their products, that none would be made.
Also see:Get Plastic Out of Your Dietby Paul Goettlich
A.-1990 Running shoes spill
B.-2002 Garbage strip
C.-2000 Plastic bag spill
F.-Eastern Garbage PatchAt the eye of the gyre, plastic reaches concentrations of a million pieces per square mile. Researchers have mapped a giant spill of bags and a mile-long strip of wind-driven garbage.
Caught in a gyreSome of the plastic drifting in the North Pacific is swept to shore, like the thousands of Nike shoes that washed up in the Pacific Northwest. But much is trapped by calm winds and sluggish water within the North Pacific's loop of currents.
ScienceDaily (Mar. 16, 2009) — Leatherback turtles, the most widely distributed reptiles on Earth, are threatened with extinction themselves, in large part due to the carelessness of humans. A Dalhousie University professor addresses the threat of plastics to this endangered species.
ScienceDaily (Mar. 16, 2009) - la tortue luth, la plus largement distribuée reptiles de la terre, sont menacées d'extinction se sont, en grande partie due à la négligence de l'homme. Un professeur de l'Université Dalhousie sur les menaces de matières plastiques de cette espèce menacée.
ScienceDaily (Mar. 16, 2009) - Leatherback tartarugas, o mais amplamente distribuído répteis na Terra, eles estão ameaçados de extinção, em grande parte devido ao descuido do homem. Um Dalhousie University professor aborda a ameaça de plásticos para esta espécie ameaçada.
ScienceDaily （ 3月16日， 2009年） -棱皮龜，分佈最廣的爬行動物在地球上，是瀕臨滅絕本身，這在很大程度上是由於疏忽人類。阿Dalhousie大學教授地址的威脅塑料這一瀕危物種。
Cientificas (marzo 16, 2009) - la tortuga baula, la más amplia distribución de reptiles en la Tierra, están amenazadas de extinción a sí mismos, en gran parte debido a la negligencia de los seres humanos. Un profesor de la Universidad de Dalhousie se refiere a la amenaza de los plásticos para esta especie en peligro de extinción.CLICK here:http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090315224258.htm