Green Matter: Plastic soup, anybody?

09/24/2012

Researchers at Wageningen University and IMARES in the Netherlands recently published the first of four studies investigating the effects of plastic in the North Sea. It makes for an unsettling read.

Reports about floating fields of plastic trash in oceans and seas have been circulating since the 1970s. And since the confirmation of these reports, with the discovery of the giant Pacific garbage patch in 1997, followed by findings of similar patches in the Indian and North Atlantic Oceans, even the most ecologically uninformed have become aware that massive amounts of plastic debris are floating around in Earth's seas and oceans. This 'plastic soup' causes devastating problems for marine life. Who hasn't seen the pictures of dying sea turtles entangled in plastic bags they have mistaken for jellyfish?...
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