Thursday, April 17, 2008

Oceans ‘Sick’ With Trash

An Ocean Conservancy report is raising awareness of how polluted our oceans are with trash, according to a story at ScienceDaily. And the numbers are pretty shameful. Volunteers combing beaches around the world have picked up an estimated 116 million pounds of debris from 211,460 miles of shoreline over the past 20 years. Trash in and around the worlds oceans kill over a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals annually. Animals can die when entangled in or ingesting trash.

Pound360 feels
guilty enough creating trash in the first place. The very least we can do is put it in a trash can or, ideally, recycle it. So to us, it’s utterly confusing, simply amazing that people just toss trash in the streets, or worse, into the oceans where it’s more difficult to recover.

According to the ScienceDaily write up, it can take decades for tin cans to decompose in the ocean, centuries for plastic bottles to go away and hundreds-of-thousands of years for glass to break down.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.