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Trashing our oceans

Feature story | 30 October, 2006 at 1:00

Sometimes referred to as the North Pacific garbage patch, this vortex is the epicenter of a system currents and winds covering most of the North Pacific. It has become home to a familiar substance – plastic.

The trash vortex

Topic | 1 March, 2014 at 13:00

The trash vortex is an area the size of Texas in the North Pacific in which an estimated six kilos of plastic for every kilo of natural plankton, along with other slow degrading garbage, swirls slowly around like a clock, choked with dead fish,...

Fit for the future

Topic | 20 March, 2014 at 16:13

We stand with everyone who wants healthy oceans for our children, who want marine life to thrive and the fishing industry to give jobs and a future for millions. We will be part of the movement that works to create and protect clean seas that...

Disposable Oceans?

Feature story | 3 November, 2006 at 1:00

Here in the middle of the Pacific, plastic marine debris is a harsh reality that marine creatures large and small have to live with. But for those of us onboard the Esperanza, the real impact of plastic on our oceans is still unfolding. On our...

Plastic Pollution Threatens World's Largest Marine Reserve

Press release | 3 November, 2006 at 1:00

The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, the world's largest and most recently designated marine reserve (1), could be under threat from one of the world's largest floating rubbish dumps, according to the international environmental group Greenpeace.

Trash vortex

Background | 22 August, 2007 at 19:50

Graphic illustration of Pacific trash vortex showing drift of ocean pollution.

Plastic Debris in the World's Oceans

Publication | 2 November, 2006 at 1:00

It is probably a common conception that marine debris consists of just a few pieces of rubbish scattered along the strand line of beaches and is of no harm to anyone. Unfortunately this is not the case. Marine debris has become a pervasive...

Plastic plastic everywhere

Blog entry by Andrew | 8 December, 2006

A seahorse tries to camouflage inside a big plastic bag. © Danny Ocampo I caught this on the BBC last night: Microscopic particles of plastic could be poisoning the oceans, according to a British team of researchers. They...

The Trash Vortex

Blog entry by Dave | 10 November, 2006

This piece of plastic was pulled out of the Pacific by the crew of the Esperanza © Greenpeace / Alex Hofford Back in August we talked about The Trash Vortex in the Pacific Ocean, where marine debris collects. Now it's back in...

Marine Debris: The Trash Vortex

Blog entry by Dave | 3 August, 2006

This horrific article comes from the front page of today's Los Angeles Times: "On Midway Atoll, 40% of albatross chicks die, their bellies full of trash. Swirling masses of drifting debris pollute remote beaches and snare wildlife.

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