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Thu Apr 20, 2017, 09:27 AM

Humans have filled the pristine Arctic Ocean with 300 billion pieces of floating plastic

Source: Portland Press Herald

Drifts of floating plastic that humans have dumped into the world’s oceans are flowing into the pristine waters of the Arctic as a result of a powerful system of currents that deposits waste in the icy seas east of Greenland and north of Scandinavia.

In 2013, as part of a seven-month circumnavigation of the Arctic Ocean, scientists aboard the research vessel Tara documented a profusion of tiny pieces of plastic in the Greenland and Barents seas, where the final limb of the Gulf Stream system delivers Atlantic waters northward. The researchers dub this region the “dead end for floating plastics” after their long surf of the world’s oceans.

The researchers say this is just the beginning of the plastic migration to Arctic waters.

“It’s only been about 60 years since we started using plastic industrially, and the usage and the production has been increasing ever since,” said Carlos Duarte, one of the study’s co-authors and director of the Red Sea Research Center at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. “So, most of the plastic that we have disposed in the ocean is still now in transit to the Arctic.”

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jpak Apr 2017 OP
Blue_Tires Apr 2017 #1
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burnbaby Apr 2017 #3
DK504 Apr 2017 #4
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oldcynic Apr 2017 #6
jpak Apr 2017 #7

Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 09:38 AM

1. sad kick...

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 10:26 AM

2. ...and that is just the Arctic Ocean...

There are 4 other Oceans...

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Thu Apr 20, 2017, 10:40 AM

3. no words

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 11:24 AM

4. So animal life in the Arcticeat all this crap...

then they have organ failure becasue they can't process this food. They are unable to procreate to keep the ocena alive and the oceans die. Then we die.

But there's no climate change ... ther's no proof. I'd like to shove plactic bags down their troats and see how well they can function.

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Thu Apr 20, 2017, 12:02 PM

5. we 'animals' are so messed up. Plankton eating plastic caught on camera for the first time

Plankton eating plastic caught on camera for the first time

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Thu Apr 20, 2017, 04:44 PM

6. highest rate of suicide among scientists is oceanologist

Heard that (on Sci-Fri?) years ago. Because they knew then it was already too late.

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Response to oldcynic (Reply #6)

Thu Apr 20, 2017, 04:54 PM

7. It's because they can't get a real job

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