Plane Search Raises Questions About Sea of Floating Junk

Posted In News, Pollution
Mar
29

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Plastic pollution. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

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The search for debris from missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has not turned up any evidence of a crash, but it has trained the world’s gaze on thousands of pieces of junk floating on the ocean’s surface.

Much of that debris could be made up of plastics, old appliances or parts of homes that have washed away from fragile communities, and cargo containers from ships, according to ocean advocacy group One World One Ocean.

Researchers only began focusing on plastic pollution in the Indian Ocean in recent years, and in 2010 discovered garbage patches much like the famous Pacific Garbage Patch, according to Coastal Care, a clean ocean advocacy group…

Read Full Article, by Colleen Curry, ABC News

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