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675559.  Thu Feb 25, 2010 5:55 am Reply with quote

... of assholism?

675561.  Thu Feb 25, 2010 5:57 am Reply with quote

"You stand convicted of assholism" but "You are guilty on all ten counts of first-degree stupidity"

775605.  Fri Jan 14, 2011 5:55 pm Reply with quote

Flash wrote:
Been there. done that:
Q: What's the biggest load of rubbish in the world?
F: Fresh Kills, NY
A: The Pacific Trash Vortex

In the E Series, regrettably. And incidentally we think "twice the size of the continental United States" may be a mythlet in the making as some sources say that but others say "the size of Texas".

An Oregon State University researcher has found that the media has been exaggerating the size of the "Great Garbage Patch" found between California and Japan.

Angelicque White, an assistant professor of oceanography at Oregon State University, has studied the "Great Garbage Patch" and all of the media stories surrounding it, and concluded that most media reports have grossly overestimated the size of this garbage patch. ...

White says that the media has exaggerated the size of the "Great Garbage Patch," making claims like the oceans are filled with more plastic than plankton, or that the patch is twice the size of Texas and has been growing tenfold each decade since 1950.

"There is no doubt that the amount of plastic in the world's oceans is troubling, but this kind of exaggeration undermines the credibility of scientists," said White. "We have data that allow us to make reasonable estimates; we don't need hyperbole. Given the observed concentration of plastic in the North Pacific, it is simply inaccurate to state that plastic outweighs plankton, or that we have observed an exponential increase in plastic."

Studies show, according to White, that the actual area of the "cohesive" plastic patch is really less than one percent of the size of Texas. She said the best way to look at it is to compare the amount of plastic found with the amount of water its in.

"If we were to filter the surface area of the ocean equivalent to a football field in waters having the highest concentration [of plastic] ever recorded, the amount of plastic recovered would not even extend to the 1-inch line," said White.

White also noted that the claim about the amount of plastic growing tenfold every decade is false. This goes for the Atlantic Ocean as well, which, according to White, hasn't increased in plastic since the 1980's.

Retractions Special! (and you won't often hear me say that)


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