Thursday, March 04, 2010

The mire in the gyre looks increasingly dire

If a butterfly's wings beating in the Amazon rainforest affects a tornado in Texas, you can be pretty sure that an estimated 3 million tons of plastic crap in the North Pacific will affect the future of marine life, and therefore all life. If you're not depressed enough with this, there is growing evidence of a similar trash heap in the North Atlantic. Because these catastrophic messes are in international waters beyond the shores of the litterbugs, not one thing will be done about it.