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    Rubbish Pacific Ocean twice size of America

    Simply shocking and lamentable and a grave danger for now and the future, IMO.

    Rubbish dump found floating in Pacific Ocean is twice the size of America

    A rubbish dump twice the size of the United States has been discovered floating in the Pacific Ocean.
    The vast expanse of debris, made up of plastic junk including footballs, kayaks, Lego blocks and carrier bags, is kept together by swirling underwater currents.

    It stretches from 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, across the northern Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/liv...n_page_id=1811

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    Wink

    That's terrible.
    Someone who has a lot of money(Bill Gates PLEASE) help us out...!!
    Either you or others, maybe give us a program(grant) to clean this up or program that will enable us to do so...
    Surely there would be volunteers to help out, if we have a coarse of action, a plan....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pharlap View Post
    That's terrible.
    Someone who has a lot of money(Bill Gates PLEASE) help us out...!!
    Either you or others, maybe give us a program(grant) to clean this up or program that will enable us to do so...
    Surely there would be volunteers to help out, if we have a coarse of action, a plan....
    The problem is, virtually no one in any position of power or otherwise gives a d*mn about this.

    they don't believe it impinges upon their lives. it will bite one day . . .

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    OMG! This is disgusting! What are we doing to our beautiful planet? We are destroying it all for convenience and materialism. I hope that this specific example is brought up in the current presidential campaign. I want to hear what each candidate proposes to do to clean up this mess and to prevent further excessive pollution.

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    This could very well explain why the whale migration to Hawaii at this time of the year, has been waning... poor things have been contending with this trash.

    (eta: they come down from Alaska between dec and apr (the same area this article says the trash is at)... they go to Hawaii to mate and have babies... 3 years ago, it was hard to find any whales up around Oahu... only last year did I get to see a good number of them when I was on the Big Island, when I went to photograph them... but the marine biologist that took our fluke counts down, said it was still low in numbers. Us humans are turning into the bad worm in the apple we call Earth...)

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    I don't even know what to say...

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    This makes me *ILL*!

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    Makes me not EVER wanna get in the ocean again!
    Sickening to think of what we are swimming with!

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    Well no wonder so many new diseases keep popping up! This is horrible someone has to do something.

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    I find it odd that only the daily mail is reporting this. The daily mail is a rubbish rag. Rumours and titillations is all it usually serves up. Ill wait until another news agency picks this up before I credit it with some merit.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chloekins View Post
    I find it odd that only the daily mail is reporting this. The daily mail is a rubbish rag. Rumours and titillations is all it usually serves up. Ill wait until another news agency picks this up before I credit it with some merit.

    Perhaps The Independent is more trustworthy for you?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/environ...an-778016.html

    http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion...ge-778041.html

    Or News.com Australia?

    http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599...7-1702,00.html

    I am shocked this isn't the biggest news story in the world right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Floh View Post
    Perhaps The Independent is more trustworthy for you?

    http://www.independent.co.uk/environ...an-778016.html

    http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion...ge-778041.html

    Or News.com Australia?

    http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599...7-1702,00.html

    I am shocked this isn't the biggest news story in the world right now.
    Your probably right when you said

    Floh


    The problem is, virtually no one in any position of power or otherwise gives a d*mn about this.

    they don't believe it impinges upon their lives. it will bite one day . . .

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    So the Independent works for your hincky meter?

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    Somewhere in the future an enterprising group will see this junk as a natural raw resource and collect it for profit. Think it won't be done? How about all that reclaimed lumber they are pulling up from submerged sources. It may happen sooner than we think, just not soon enough for me. The ocean doesn't deserve what has been done to it.

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    NPR recently had a story about this. They reported from the boat they were on seeing this trash for the first time. The reporter was just speechless. Not a good thing for radio but it made an excellent point.

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