Plastic trash vortex menaces Pacific sealife

By | November 6, 2006

Plastic trash vortex menaces Pacific sealife

Old toothbrushes, beach toys and used condoms are part of a vast vortex of plastic trash in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, threatening sea creatures that get tangled in it, eat it or ride on it, a new report says.Because plastic doesn’t break down the way organic material does, ocean currents and tides have carried it thousands of miles (kms) to an area between Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast, according to the study by the international environmental group Greenpeace.

This swirling vortex, which can grow to be about the size of Texas, is not far from the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, designated as a protected U.S. national monument in June by President George W. Bush. – more

Is this a joke? Has Bush really made a vortex of plastic trash the size of Texas into a National Monument?

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