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Plastic in the Pacific

Plastic in the Pacific

(10:08) Because of ocean currents, an area the size of Texas in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has become a dumping ground for plastic waste. It is known as the Pacific Garbage Patch. We are trashing life in the oceans, the consequences of which may be catastrophic. Advances in biodegradable plastics have been made, but it's up to everyone to play their part and insist on using less plastic, beautiful though the material is.

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Guest: (2201 days ago)
So what? It doesn't look that bad to me. It looks like there is a very low density of plastic so this thing about being the size of Texas looks like environmentalists shock tactics again. Also, it's a good thing that it all ends up in one area. It will be easier to manage once some scientists figure out something.
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So what? It doesn't look that bad to me. It looks like there is a very low density of plastic so this thing about being the size of Texas looks like environmentalists shock tactics again. Also, it's a good thing that it all ends up in one area. It will be easier to manage once some scientists figure out something.
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Guest: matthew (2200 days ago)
you really are quite stupid
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you really are quite stupid
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Guest: Boop (2201 days ago)
I hope you're not registered to vote
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I hope you're not registered to vote
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Guest: placid flamingo (2200 days ago)
Oh bless, you're that 'special' kind of idiot aren't you?
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Oh bless, you're that 'special' kind of idiot aren't you?
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Guest: (2200 days ago)
Latest comment: There should be an international law that forces plastic manufacturers to produce biodegradable plastics that break down after a few years when exposed to the natural elements. They should be subsidised by government to produce this material and tax the ones who use standard plastics. Eventually forcing a shift in plastic manufacturing. Cant understand why this hasn't been tried if plastics are so dangerous.
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Latest comment: There should be an international law that forces plastic manufacturers to produce biodegradable plastics that break down after a few years when exposed to the natural elements. They should be subsidised by government to produce this material and tax the ones who use standard plastics. Eventually forcing a shift in plastic manufacturing. Cant understand why this hasn't been tried if plastics are so dangerous.
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Guest: occupy the center (2201 days ago)
yup. instead of plastic, let's use metal and glass and clay to package our foods for shipping. Oh, but mining metal uses huge amounts of coal, and shipping heavy glass or metal uses much more petrol than shipping light plastics. Hmm, how about paper or wooden crates from nice virgin forests instead. There is no easy answer, and the fact is that this world has many valid uses of plastic that are worth the environmental trade-off. I will admit that a lower-consumption lifestyle is a good idea, but plastic, even "disposable" plastic, is not evil.
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yup. instead of plastic, let's use metal and glass and clay to package our foods for shipping. Oh, but mining metal uses huge amounts of coal, and shipping heavy glass or metal uses much more petrol than shipping light plastics. Hmm, how about paper or wooden crates from nice virgin forests instead. There is no easy answer, and the fact is that this world has many valid uses of plastic that are worth the environmental trade-off. I will admit that a lower-consumption lifestyle is a good idea, but plastic, even "disposable" plastic, is not evil.
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