Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 lost in a sea of rubbishPosted on April 1, 2014 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News
Ebbesmeyer said he’s fascinated by what happens to the trash that spews from the hundreds of shipping containers lost overboard from cargo ships each year. He said there’s one that keeps belching out Lego pieces onto the beaches of Cornwall, England. Another spilled 2000 computer monitors. Another released thousands of pairs of Nike sneakers.
Denise Hardesty, a research scientist for Australian science agency CSIRO, said the studies she’s been involved with conservatively estimate there are between 5000 and 7000 small pieces of plastic per square kilometer in the waters around Australia.
She said two-thirds of the seabirds she’s performed necropsies upon have ingested at least some plastic and one particular bird had swallowed 175 pieces. Another bird, she said, had swallowed an entire glow stick longer than a finger. Such sticks are used by fishermen to attract fish underwater.
“It takes 400 or 500 years for lots of types of plastics to completely break down,” Hardesty said. “It just goes into smaller and smaller bits. You even find plastics in plankton – that’s how small it gets.”
A sad story with a sad spin off story too.