Skip to comments.Garbage (At Sea) : Another environmental claim proven to be hyped
Posted on 01/06/2011 11:59:48 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
From Oregon State University:
Oceanic garbage patch not nearly as big as portrayed in media
CORVALLIS, Ore. There is a lot of plastic trash floating in the Pacific Ocean, but claims that the Great Garbage Patch between California and Japan is twice the size of Texas are grossly exaggerated, according to an analysis by an Oregon State University scientist.
Further 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, pointed out Angelicque Angel White, an assistant professor of oceanography at Oregon State.
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I thought that the “Great Garbage Patch” is where free Nike shoes come from.
Imagine if you could buy vinyl paint that didn't degrade for 1,000 years. Or, even if you could buy a Corvette that wouldn't degrade in 1,000 years. The simple fact is that plastics degrade very quickly in sunlight. The vast bulk of the plastic in the so-called “garbage patch” can't be seen with the naked eye. An honest photo of the patch would show clear, blue water — not flotsam and jetsam.
Again, another case where some fine print would have been nice. (The size is estimated)
However, I wonder if someone could please send some boats to collect that junk for once.
FACTS - the turd in the punch bowl of liberal thought
There goes HER chance of getting tenure...
Compleet with feet...
Downgraded to (smaller than?) Texas for the messiah’s reign?
Three years ago with a Republican president it was twice the size of the continental United States.
After all-a quarter of a million people died and whole villages were washed out to sea If Liberals are supposed to be so smart why can't they figure this out?
Oh yeah, forgot about the mystery feet! Remember the rubber duckies?
Interestingly, ships and planes follow the Gulf Streams and seldom venture through or near the location shown as the garbage path.
Thus, it is a convenient theory precisely because it is so hard to disprove. Sort of like claiming there is a lost city on the bottom of the Marianas Trench.
Anybody have a clue what this means?
“Some say...”, “Calculations show...” — whatever it takes to make us believe the president shouldn’t be held responsible for doing something about it, as compared to 3 years ago when we needed to DEMAND that the president of a major plastic-using country with a mess TWICE THE SIZE of that same country BETTER BE DOING SOMETHING about it.
It’s all about the political party of the president.
Another belief by enviromentalists a load of poo. More important information for the MSM to ignore.
3250 Mexicans in canoes with dip nets.
Mass and energy now have the same Units?
“Who are THEY who are so wise in the ways of science?
Seems the plastic in question has been rendered unto microscopic particles diffused thru vast amounts of water. Yes there is trash out there, and it has an effect, but nowhere near the “collect it and build an island” stuff most people are thinking of.
I understand mass can be converted to energy, but you generally don’t want to be in the vicinity when it happens.
>>>>Calculations show that the amount of energy it would take to remove plastics from the ocean is roughly 250 times the mass of the plastic itself;
>>>Anybody have a clue what this means?
It means the author has no idea WTF they’re talking about so they’re pulling some ‘calculations’ out of their wazoo aperture.
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