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January 06, 2011

Finally, someone agrees w/me regarding the Gyres

It was nice to see someone agree with me!

Scientists from Oregon State University state:

  • claims that the “Great Garbage Patch” between California and Japan is twice the size of Texas are grossly exaggerated
  • claims that the oceans are filled with more plastic than plankton, and that the patch has been growing tenfold each decade since the 1950s are equally misleading
  • it is simply inaccurate to state that plastic outweighs plankton, or that we have observed an exponential increase in plastic

The full article is a plastics.com "plastics NEws Today" top story, and the article link is here:

Media Portrayal of Oceanic 'Garbage Patch' Misleading

Plastics.com has a discussion of this going on here:


Please add your thoughts to this.

Personally, I hate when activist journalists, who pretend to be writing neutral articles, skewer the truth via exagerations and misleading statements.  I think that THEY thinbk they need to cause a panic so that someone will pay attention to them and their interests.

I don't mind when someone voices an OPINION, only when it is disguised as journalism.

And of course the plastics in the gyres is a significant problem, no question, lets just keep the hyperbole down.







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