Afloat in the Ocean, Expanding Islands of TrashNovember 10, 2009
Scientists believe that global oceans contain immense gyres of waste and plastic debris, some of which are believed to be twice the size of Texas. Marine animals feeding on waste products transfer toxins to their own tissues, which accumulate over time. Recent research suggests that the amount of plastic in these gyres is increasing, and the ocean is becoming more polluted. Read the full story in The New York Times.