Scientists sail to study Texas-sized trash pile in ocean

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Scientists have discovered a vortex of plastic trash in the middle of the sea. Researchers from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UC San Diego are sailing to the isle-of-plastic to investigate how the massive amount of debris got there. They are also looking into the effect it’s having on the environment.

KPCC’s Shirley Jahad talked with Scripps spokeswoman Annie Reisewitz about the expedition a thousand miles off the California Coast.