One of our astute readers pointed us to this piece published in today’s The independent titled The world’s rubbish dump: a garbage tip that stretches from Hawaii to Japan. IF EVER there was a reason to join Craig in his Just One Thing Challenge. Now is the time!
“A “plastic soup” of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States, scientists have said.
The vast expanse of debris – in effect the world’s largest rubbish dump – is held in place by swirling underwater currents. This drifting “soup” stretches from about 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, across the northern Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan.”
Here is a graphic from Greenpeace. Please note that their currents aren’t exactly correct as discovered by Miriam over at The Oyster’s Garter. Come on GP, get your stuff together…
Here is a map from wikipedia commons showing an accurate portrayal of surface currents. Regardless of the map issue, there is an ENORMOUS pile of trash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Is this acceptable?