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202096.  Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:30 am Reply with quote

A biodegradable plastic is being developed which means that one day the best way to dispose of plastic may be to throw it into the sea.

s: BBC Focus Magazine June07

833081.  Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:10 am Reply with quote

The result is an area, larger than the USA, full of crap.

According to an Oregon State Scientist, the plastic patch is "less than one percent the size of Texas."

s: geographical magazine - march 11

833096.  Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:49 am Reply with quote

The original study seems to have come out in January (link).

It's a mixed message to the naked eye, but is trying to explain more clearly what the situation is so that the details cannot be erfuted by those who want to ignore the situation. The fact that the headline fact published is the size rather undermines that message IMO :)

What I found very interesting from the study is the level of density which we cannot really measure because of the way plastic breaks up in the water, and the amount that sinks and sits at the bottom.


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