Friday, June 5, 2009

Ocean Trash Problem Highlighted by Search for Missing Plane

Published Fri June 5, 2009
John D. Sutter, CNN

Trash clutters the world's oceans, as shown here
in a file photo near Hong Kong.


The search for the Air France flight that went missing near Brazil on June 1st was complicated by large amounts of ocean debris thought to be wreckage from the airplane.

According to scientists, the world's oceans are increasingly filled with trash, primarily plastic, which gets caught in currents and creates large gyres full of debris. In fact, almost 80 percent of the trash that ends up in the ocean begins its journey on land and is swept out to sea either from beaches or through waterways and sewer systems...see full article

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