Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Trash the Size of Texas

A close friend of mine told me a whopper of a story about the enormous amount of trash in the oceans of the world, enough that it would cover the size of Texas twice over! Shocked, I had to discover if this was the truth for surely such a enormous amount of trash would be devastating to the native life in the oceans. However I have run into a huge amount of ecological propaganda in the last fifteen years, mainly spouted by ecological evangelicals like Al Gore (who has earned more than $100 million lying about this issue). I have wisely learned from former author Michael Crichton on discerning real information from group-think info-lies and independent research is always best in situations like these so I hit the books and Web. What I found was unexpected and disappointing: again the eco-left is lying about the environment to destroy human growth and potential in the world. There is NOT a huge amount of trash and plastics in the Pacific Ocean twice the size of Texas: again the false preaching by the Eco Evangelists has been unraveled! The amount of garbage in the worlds oceans is nothing like what is being portrayed in the media.

In addition, a Oregon State University researcher has found that the media has been greatly exaggerating the size of the “Great Garbage Patch” found between California and Japan.

Angelicque White, an assistant professor of oceanography at Oregon State University, has studied the “Great Garbage Patch” and all of the media stories surrounding it, and concluded that most media reports have grossly overestimated the size of this garbage patch.

White came to this conclusion after taking part in an expedition where the objective was to understand how much plastic debris is out there and how it affects the surrounding environment, such as microbial communities. [...] With her research backing her up, White says that the media has exaggerated the size of the “Great Garbage Patch,” making claims like the oceans are filled with more plastic than plankton, or that the patch is twice the size of Texas and has been growing tenfold each decade since 1950.

“There is no doubt that the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans is troubling, but this kind of exaggeration undermines the credibility of scientists,” said White.

Someone relatively soon is going to discover all the OIL made in the plastics and come up with a simple bio-engineered plankton that will simply eat all the trash away, storing the plastic in tiny bladders to be recycled by the intelligent person who will modify an already well-known form of life that eats oil-based products: it has been used before to help clean up oil spills. More HERE.

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