Sea of Plastic Dooms Oceans, Expert Says

Pacific pollution—as big as Africa—is too deep and broad to fix
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2008 4:16 PM CST

(Newser) – A noted oceanographer says the aquatic pollution in the Pacific Ocean is too significant to be cleaned up. “We are damned to a future of pollution by plastic,” Charles Moore said after showing that the amount of Pacific plastic has ballooned fivefold in the last 10 years. A garbage patch twice the size of Texas is old news, but Moore found a “highway” that makes the polluted area as large as Africa.

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Moore says there are 2.5 million square miles of pollution, creating new habitats and poisoning sea creatures, CNet reports. The plastic may also speed global warming, creating a canopy that hinders plankton growth. The oceanographer does not have much faith in clean-up methods—noting the ocean’s 2-mile depth in some parts—and is alarmed that only 3% of plastics are currently recycled. (Read more garbage stories.)

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