Plastic rubbish heaps at sea pose bigger threat to Earth than climate change, claims ocean expert

Plastics are now one of the most common pollutants of ocean waters in the world. Pushed by winds, tides and currents, plastic particles form with other debris into large, swirling glue-like accumulation zones, known to oceanographers as “gyres”, which comprise as much as 40 per cent of the planet’s ocean surface, said Captain Moore, who founded the Algalita Marine Research Institute in Long Beach, California. (…)

Tom Bawden, independent.co.uk, 26/08/14

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