The Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch

Posted on Thursday, August 6th, 02009 by Kirk Citron
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The Long News: stories that might still matter fifty, or a hundred, or ten thousand years from now.

According to the most recent reports, we’re melting the icebergs. We’ve endangered fifty percent of the ocean’s coral species. And we’ve damaged sixty-three percent of the world’s fisheries. It seems we’re well on our way to destroying the two-thirds of the planet where we don’t even live.

Some recent news stories about the oceans:

1. A summary of what scientists are telling Congress: Global warming has already changed oceans

2. The latest from Greenland: Sea level rise: it’s worse than we thought

3. You know those fish stories? They’re getting smaller: Fish shrink due to climate change

4. The jellyfish are taking over: Jellyfish threaten to ‘dominate’ ocean

5. There’s so much trash floating off the coast of California, it even has a name: Students spearhead study on Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch

6. On the other hand, maybe it’s not all bad news: World fisheries collapse can be averted

7. And maybe we don’t really need to worry as much as the news reports say we do: Media tend to doomsay when addressing environment

We invite you to submit Long News story suggestions here.

  • The article about the garbage patch is really spooky. I suppose we could try to clean it up, or just give it a zip code.

  • You never know, as oil runs out those floating plastics might become a valuable resource!

    In all seriousness though, cons outweigh any hypothetical future pros: http://www.ted.com/talks/capt_charles_moore_on_the_seas_of_plastic.html

  • Curtis

    We should harvest the Garbage patch before it decays further and recycle it. Of course it’s not cost effective, but it IS the right thing to do. Perhaps that’s the next step of cerebral evolution we need to make – grokking the greater long term benefit from doing the right thing as opposed to fervently pursuing the short term cashing in of selfishly exploiting margins …

  • Bluthundr

    The gabage patch can be mined/cleaned with the technology we have today. It needs more exposure in the world press. How do we achive that. Ask the man on the street. Most of them are not aware of the problem.

  • William Crane

    Removing the Pacific Garbage Patch is unarguably necessary, but what is not being asked is “How do we stop from adding to it?” There are many, many such sites in the world, some of them in plain sight, and some of them in places few will ever see. Most of humanity partakes in a lifestyle that inevitably results in the pollution and destruction of the planet. 100% recycling of materials is a nearly unattainable goal, so we will continue to dump, bury and burn our trash for centuries to come unless a major cultural change takes place for most of the world population.


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