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Plastic Waste Garbage Floating in Pacific Ocean has Increased 100-fold

The world's oceans are increasingly becoming dumping grounds for mankind's waste, where amounts of floating plastic garbage have increased 100-fold. 
The garbage patch in the North Pacific is the world's largest, and is said to cover an area twice as large as TEXAS.

The amount of waste discovered startled researchers. Researchers say all of the plastic that is thrown into the ocean and does not sink will, through the effects of sunlight and the action of waves over time, break down into pieces the size of a fingernail or smaller. 

Initially, the big concern was what effect the broken down plastic would have on marine life if ingested. But the researchers are more concerned about something else: the increased prevalence of plastic has made it easier for the marine insect Halobates sericeus, or water strider, to lay its eggs out over the ocean.

"Such an increase may have consequences for animals across the marine food web, such as crabs that prey on sea skaters and their eggs," said a University of California, San Diego (UCSD) news release.

But the increased plastic level in what many describe as the Pacific Ocean "garbage patch" has also been documented as affecting other marine life. For example a report indicates 9 percent of the fish collected during the same voyage had plastic waste in their stomachs.

That study, which was published in the Marine Ecology Progress Series, estimated that fish in the intermediate ocean depths in the North Pacific Ocean could be eating between 12,000-24,000 tons of plastic a year.
 
Dr. Iverson's Comment
 
When I first heard of this floating island twice the size of Texas in the Pacific I thought it was a tall tale. Sure enough, after a little research I found that there was indeed a major garbage dump in the ocean!
 
Plastic is one of the most challenging man-made substances to dispose of them all. It takes millennia to break down and its chemical components can have negative effects on the sex hormones of animals. 
 
What can we do? 
  •             Well certainly limit buying products sold in plastic containers—that includes water sold in plastic bottles. It’s best to buy a home filter and bottle your own in glass. We have the best, most advanced filters you can find for the best value on sell at my office. Purchase from several top-models online (www.aqualivwater.com) and save 5% with promo code "trilium" at check-out.  Or call the office today to purchase from us direct. We carry the most popular model in our office, which IS NOT available online. Stop in and get your InClean counter-top fluoride removal system for an affordable price of only $159, filter cartridge included.
  • ·         Recycle what plastics you are able, although this does not stop the production of new plastics. Remove the caps and rings-- these are detrimental to marine life if they injest or get caught in one.
  •      Stop getting your take out food in sytrofoam and plastic take-out boxes. Bring your own container and ask them to pack your food in it. Stop getting your coffee/tea/soda in plastic disposable cups. Bring your own cup or mug.
  •          Send elevated and positive thoughts and prayers to those that are in economically disadvantaged countries, that they may gain the education to protect their environment. In many of the poorer countries it is common place to throw plastic containers into the environment, or even burn it for heat and cooking food. 

·         Most importantly, spread the word so we may help others to realize the current conditions and what we can do to help them.

~ONE earth, ONE people, ONE love ~

Want to know the hard, cold FACTS about the garbage floating around the Pacific? Please watch this shocking video on youtube of Captain Charles Moore, the discoverer of this garbage island speaking of his findings at a TED conference: CLICK HERE

 
 
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