Patt Morrison for November 4, 2010

The global plastic pollution crisis

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Trash is seen floating in water on the south side of Hong Kong.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a gyre of marine litter floating in the central North Pacific Ocean, extends over a very wide expanse, with estimates of its size ranging from an area the size of the state of Texas to one larger than the continental United States. Ninety percent of this trash is plastic, and areas of plastic pollution like this appear throughout the globe – in all the world’s oceans, in the Arabian Desert, along beaches, in our cities, in our rivers, and in our bodies. We hear from experts who want to raise awareness of this problem and change our polluting habits.

*The TEDx Great Pacific Garbage Patch event takes place on Nov 6th at the Santa Monica, CA Annenberg Community Beach House

Guest:

Captain Charles Moore, founder of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation.


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