Comments on: Victims of the Pacific Trash Gyre http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/2009/10/23/victims-of-the-pacific-trash-gyre/ Adam Pasick's Profile Wed, 17 Nov 2010 20:21:24 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Irwin Firoozbakht http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/2009/10/23/victims-of-the-pacific-trash-gyre/comment-page-1/#comment-522 Tue, 09 Nov 2010 08:19:11 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/?p=47#comment-522 Very helpful info. Great post, I absolutely enjoy reading your post.

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By: Regesuibids http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/2009/10/23/victims-of-the-pacific-trash-gyre/comment-page-1/#comment-360 Tue, 21 Sep 2010 23:50:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/?p=47#comment-360 Hi,

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By: Keith Stone http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/2009/10/23/victims-of-the-pacific-trash-gyre/comment-page-1/#comment-98 Thu, 05 Nov 2009 07:44:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/?p=47#comment-98 It is shocking, plastics should not be used for food wrap, it has health implications for us who use the food contained in it I am led to believe. Plastic takes years to breakdown, and if we stop using it today the damage will carry on well into the 22nd. and 23rd. centuries unless we can clean up the mess that WE have made. That will not be done …..will it?

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By: Marcia Goffin http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/2009/10/23/victims-of-the-pacific-trash-gyre/comment-page-1/#comment-95 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 18:14:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/?p=47#comment-95 This is absolutely shocking and not acceptable. I will send this email on to my friends and colleagues in the hope that they will do the same, and so may the protests continue.

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By: Elsa Tranberg http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/2009/10/23/victims-of-the-pacific-trash-gyre/comment-page-1/#comment-87 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 17:31:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/?p=47#comment-87 Heartbreaking – surely we must let everyone see this in the hope we can do something about this terrible nightmare. We’re winning with plastic bags, now lets return to glass bottles – have a deposit on them so they make their way back to the shops

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By: Les McCallum http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/2009/10/23/victims-of-the-pacific-trash-gyre/comment-page-1/#comment-85 Mon, 02 Nov 2009 11:48:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/?p=47#comment-85 What disturbing photographs, they must been be seen by as many people as possible .
please send them to schools and show them to the pupils so they can see just what is happening to our planet and our wildlife .

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By: the amoeba http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/2009/10/23/victims-of-the-pacific-trash-gyre/comment-page-1/#comment-78 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 02:33:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/?p=47#comment-78 Dusan, most of what I see in the photos is domestic waste (bottlecaps from soft drink bottles, a cigarette lighter), not medical.

Now, for a quick glimpse of the scale of the problem. The US EPA has reported that American citizens in 2007 generated, per person, about twice as much trash of the sort that winds up in the North Pacific Gyre (“municipal solid waste”) as the citizen in 1960. In that time, the US population has risen from 180 million to more than 300 million.

Yes. Merely to return to 1960 trash-contribution levels, each US citizen must, on average, reduce contributions to the waste stream by at least two-thirds.

Want to watch certain elements of the media go ballistic on “greenies”? Publicize this little calculation …

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By: Dusan Ristic-Petrovic http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/2009/10/23/victims-of-the-pacific-trash-gyre/comment-page-1/#comment-77 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 01:36:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/?p=47#comment-77 I think this is an important issue. Especially disturbing to me is that much of what is in the gut of the pictured birds looks like it could be medical waste – test tube caps and so on. At the very least, the stuff looks fairly homogeneous, which would seem to me to be inconsistent with a generalized plastic waste gyre in the Pacific. The question is, is the stuff in the pictures from some sort of (possibly) illegal localized dumping?

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By: RSeabird http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/2009/10/23/victims-of-the-pacific-trash-gyre/comment-page-1/#comment-65 Wed, 28 Oct 2009 18:37:22 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/?p=47#comment-65 @slzebell – Keep in mind that the abstract you reference was from almost 20 years ago and even they note that they looked at one year and it was a lower than average year. During my research at Midway and Kauai, I have personally had vets declare plastic ingestion/blockage of the digestive tract as the cause of death in several Laysan Albatross chicks. The photos Chris Jordan took are not sensationalizing a trivial issues – plastic in dead albatross chicks is not rare, it is the norm. In late summer/fall, those islands are littered with dead chicks and plastic. I am so glad that his work is bringing this issue to the mainland audience.

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By: Arina http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/2009/10/23/victims-of-the-pacific-trash-gyre/comment-page-1/#comment-57 Wed, 28 Oct 2009 06:42:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/adam-pasick/?p=47#comment-57 I’m from Kamchatka. We try to use one idea taken from the Ecocap Movement http://www.japanfs.org/en/pages/027124.h tml
We (me and several children) have made green boxes, set them in 5 places – a cinema, cafe, ect. to collect the PE caps for recycling. I can show to my small colleagues who might be saved far away in the sea.

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