The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
- The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), a rotating gyre of waste and debris located between California and Hawaii, is spread across 1.6 million square kilometers (about 617,700 square miles, or more than twice the area of Texas) and contains at least 79,000 metric tons of plastic, according to new research published in Scientific Reports. These figures are 4-16 times larger than originally thought.
- By far, plastic material makes up most of the litter researchers found in the GPGP, comprising 99.9% of 1,136,145 pieces and 1517 lbs. of trash they collected for the study. Of collected plastics, 47% were hard plastics, sheets and films and 52% were nets, ropes and other lines. The study estimates that the GPGP contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic, of which about 1.7 trillion are estimated to be "microplastics," pieces between 0.05cm-0.5 cm.
- From July-September 2015, researchers, including The Ocean Cleanup, conducted a total of 652 surface net tows to collect and analyze marine debris. The study area was also reviewed in 2016 by two flights to capture aerial imagery.
- The Ocean Cleanup, the driving force behind this study, has attracted millions of dollars in funding for its work in the Pacific. The company first announced its research onSteve Conboy-GM-Chairman
We need to be as aggressive about how we defend our forest from all the wild fires that are out of control all around the world. Our brave fire fighters are losing the battle because we are using the wrong fire retardant chemistry. We are dropping million of gallons of fire retardant that is not doing enough to stall the advance of wild fires. Todays wild fires are consuming record amount of trees and vegetation all of which are carbon collectors while the wild fires are production radical amount of green house gas that undermines all our advances in clean energy. We can no longer be a government, club or world that controls new chemistry that could do a better job at removing the advancing energy a wild fire is producing says Steve Conboy