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. But you knew that. It has been reported for some time. The question is: is there anyone out there doing anything about it? The answer is no. Eighty percent of the plastic comes not from ships but from land, where tossed consumer goods eventually travel from beaches and rivers into the ocean, according to Algalita.
It is already been reported by Chilean scientists that a similar mass exists in the Southern Ocean near Antarctica.
Cross-posted on the Big Orange and La Vida Locavore.