The Science of Sustainability

Tag: North Pacific Gyre

Producer's Notes: The Plastic Breakdown

Producer's Notes: The Plastic Breakdown

Life was easier back before I produced this piece. Now everywhere I look and everything I touch seems to be made of plastic.

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Reporter's Notes: Sea of Plastic

Reporter's Notes: Sea of Plastic

It's hard to imagine the scope and breadth of the Great Garbage Patch that lies in the North Pacific Gyre in the Pacific Ocean between the West Coast and Hawaii. It's estimated to be about double the size of Texas.

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Sea of Plastic

Sea of Plastic

When you order your double latte to-go at the corner coffee shop, the empty cup and lid may end up in a giant pit of plastic ocean litter off the coast of California. Some cities and counties are so concerned about the garbage in the so-called North Pacific Gyre that they've passed ordinances to try to limit the amount of plastic in our lives.

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