Tuesday, 5 February 2008

The world's rubbish dump

A depressing story from the front page of the London Independant,

A "plastic soup" of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States, scientists have said.

The vast expanse of debris – in effect the world's largest rubbish dump – is held in place by swirling underwater currents. This drifting "soup" stretches from about 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, across the northern Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan.

If mankind does survive the next 100 years it surely will be through luck. Some days there doesn't seem to be a square inch of the planet we're not destroying.