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Great Pacific Garbage Patch

A marine expedition of environmentalists has confirmed the bad news it feared -- the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" extends even further than previously known.

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Fortune: Feel-good plastic that fades awayupdated: Thu Apr 29 2010 04:27:00

A thousand miles off the coast of California floats the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a mass of plastic trash whose exact size is unknown but some experts say is bigger than Texas. Where does it come from? Some of it can be traced back to the U.S. Only 7% of the plastic Americans consume gets recycled. The bulk is thrown into landfills or, worse, into our rivers, lakes, and oceans, where fish consume toxins that attach to the plastic. Then we consume the fish. Not good.

Swimming in Stuffupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 03:35:00

A critical look at what we consume, where it comes from and where it goes after we are done with it.

TOXIC: Garbage Islandupdated: Wed Feb 17 2010 16:16:00

Back in the mid-zeroes, I remember reading a lot of stories about a buildup of trash in the Pacific Ocean so massive that it had formed a floating island of waste the size of Texas. Its colorful nickname was the Great Eastern Garbage Patch, and what was even more mind-boggling than the purported scale was that pretty much the only places you could dig up any substantial info about it were in minor oceanographic and environmental publications. You also couldn't find a photo of it to save your life. It was like Garbage Brigadoon.

'Chemical soup' churns in oceanupdated: Wed Feb 17 2010 16:16:00

VBS travels to a spot in the Pacific where trash buildup has formed a massive floating island. For more, go to VBS.TV.

Plight of the albatrosses: Choking on plastic wasteupdated: Wed Nov 04 2009 03:58:00

Midway Atoll, a small stretch of sand and coral in the middle of the north Pacific, is home to one of the world's largest populations of Laysan Albatrosses.

Woman tackles 'Great Garbage Patch'updated: Thu Oct 29 2009 14:26:00

For Mary Crowley, the sea is her second home.

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