Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Have you ever heard of it? Not all of our trash ends up in the landfill. Apparently this patch of floating plastic junk, collected by swirling Pacific currents is up to 10 meters thick and you'd think, "Wow I bet it's miles across." No, it is thousands of miles across. It is estimated to be larger in square miles than the continental United States. You can read more about it here if you want to get bummed out. Why is there not more good news when we need it so badly? Well I guess I should be making more use of those reusable shopping bags I bought.

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