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Revisiting the Pacific Trash Vortex

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Are you familiar with the Pacific Trash Vortex (a.k.a. Great Pacific Garbage Patch)?  It’s hard to define, but could be described, as National Geographic says, a “free-floating ‘dump’ twice the size of Texas.” It lives (or lurks, rather) somewhere between California and Hawaii, and continuously collects garbage (mostly plastic) due to converging ocean currents.

The Pacific Trash Vortex isn’t a new discovery – scientists have been aware of its existence since the late 90s. Nevertheless it persists as a primary piece of evidence of world-wide issues with improper waste disposal.

“Perhaps 10 percent of the 260 million tons of plastic produced worldwide each year ends up in the sea–much of it in the swirling currents of the North Pacific Gyre and other ocean vortices,” National Geographic said.

Yikes. Learn more about the make-up of the vortex and what scientists have learned from this bastion of marine pollution by reading the full article here. So, who’s up for a little precycling?

(image: LAFD Dive)

National Geographic: How Much Food are we Wasting?

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Has anyone else read the most recent copy of National Geographic?  The article, How to Feed a Growing Planet, features the above infograph of the average amount of food purchased – and wasted – per person in the US during the course of one year!

According to National Geographic, by 2045 the population will likely have grown from 7 billion to 9 billion people. With climate change, limited arable land, and water, how do we plan on feeding our growing planet? The article emphasizes the importance of diet adjustments and a need for research. Julian Cribb, author of The Coming Famine, says higher yielding crop varieties and more efficient farming methods will be crucial. So will waste reduction.

That’s where we hope to come in.

(Infograph via: National Geographic)

Written by kbrotherslane

June 29, 2011 at 10:41 am

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