‘Islands’ of plastic waste larger than the USA are killing our ocean life

Huge floating ‘garbage patches’ in the Pacific and North Atlantic are a threat to wildlife caused by our consumer culture (…)

In reality, much of the debris consists of small bits of plastic about the size of fingernails — “flecks of pepper floating in a bowl of soup”, as a US government department describes it — mostly suspended beneath the water, rather than a “skin of fat” sitting on the surface (…) (irishexaminer.com, 28/05/2015)

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