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  •  Let's not forget where that plastic (3+ / 0-)

    WILL, without doubt, ultimately and finally end up:

    In one of the garbage islands that occupy the central reaches of every single major ocean gyre on the planet.

    Yes, that's right, continent-sized areas of the surface ocean that are now nearing 10 m^2 plastic per km^2 of ocean.

    All that plastic is primarily found as microparticles that float.

    The plastic preferentially adsorbs organic esters and other nasty crap... that gets eaten by the plankton and little fish, which get eaten by the bigger fish...

    Which we eat.

    Ultimately, I suppose, our society will die off due to the determined ingestion of our own shit.


    The only way to ensure a free press is to own one

    by RedDan on Mon Apr 30, 2012 at 07:10:32 PM PDT

    •  yup, it's a real tragedy (1+ / 0-)
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      and the fact that it's so far away and out of people's sight makes it so hard to connect to our actions. But as you point out, everything is connected and we just have to keep pointing out these connections and hope that more people will wake up to these feedback loops before they eat us all up.

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