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Researchers are warning of a new blight at sea: a swirl of confetti-like plastic debris stretching over a remote expanse of the Atlantic Ocean.
The floating garbage — hard to spot from the surface and spun together by a vortex of currents — was documented by two groups of scientists who trawled the sea between scenic Bermuda and Portugal's mid-Atlantic Azores islands.
The studies describe a soup of micro-particles similar to the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a phenomenon discovered a decade ago between Hawaii and California that researchers say is likely to exist in other places around the globe.
"We found the great Atlantic garbage patch," said Anna Cummins, who collected plastic samples on a sailing voyage in February.
The debris is harmful for fish, sea mammals — and at the top of the food chain, potentially humans — even though much of the plastic has broken into such tiny pieces they are nearly invisible.
Since there is no realistic way of cleaning the oceans, advocates say the key is to keep more plastic out by raising awareness and, wherever possible, challenging a throwaway culture that uses non-biodegradable materials for disposable products.
"Our job now is to let people know that plastic ocean pollution is a global problem — it unfortunately is not confined to a single patch," Cummins said.
The research teams presented their findings in February at the 2010 Oceans Sciences Meeting in Portland, Oregon. While scientists have reported finding plastic in parts of the Atlantic since the 1970s, the researchers say they have taken important steps toward mapping the extent of the pollution.
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A U.S.-backed proposal to ban the export of Atlantic bluefin tuna prized in sushi was rejected Thursday by a U.N. wildlife meeting, with scores of developing nations joining Japan in opposing a measure they feared would devastate fishing economies.
Monaco introduced the proposal at the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES. It argued that extreme measures for the iconic, migratory fish were necessary because the stocks have fallen by 75 percent due to widespread overfishing.
From AP article, UN rejects export ban on Atlantic bluefin tuna
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I am not surprised in learning that the Atlantic Ocean’s garbage patch has now been discovered. Researchers carried out a two decade study in areas of the Caribbean and the North Atlantic off of the US coast – the longest study on record of plastic marine debris conducted in any ocean basin. The maximum finding in an area being 200,000 pieces of debris per square kilometer, comparable to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
This data has just recently been released by the Sea Education Association (SEA) who report over 6,100 tows having been performed in the aformentioned areas. The majority of specimens found were plastics used to make consumer items, as well as a bevvy of plastic bag remains, all no more than 1 cm across but large in number in some areas.
Dr. Kara Lavender Law of the Sea Education Association explained, “We found a region fairly far north in the Atlantic Ocean where this debris appears to be concentrated and remains over long periods of time. More than 80% of the plastic pieces we collected in the tows were found between 22 and 38 degrees north. So we have a latitude for [where this] rubbish seems to accumulate.” (See picture above.)
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Researchers have found a high concentration of plastic debris is floating in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Caribbean, months after concerns were raised over a vast patch of rubbish floating in the Pacific Ocean.
Kara Lavendar Law, one of the researchers, said it was difficult to compare the two, but team members in both places collected more than 1,000 pieces during a single tow of a net.Researchers have found a high concentration of plastic debris is floating in the... more
September has turned out to be the calmest month for tropical storms or hurricanes in 13 years and or since 1997.September has turned out to be the calmest month for tropical storms or hurricanes in... more
It's a great tragedy that the initial dramatic effects of global warming are felt more at the poles and in the tropics rather than in the temperate area of the rich, greedy and polluter West. If the environmental disaster began to hit us too the Western public and politicians would understand that the danger is real and imminent and it's essential to do something before it's too late. The next important opportunity to wake up is the UN climate conference scheduled for December in Copenhagen.It's a great tragedy that the initial dramatic effects of global warming are felt... more
I live in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York City, which is right along the Boardwalk to Coney Island. I took a jaunt to Coney and encountered a spontaneous drum party on the Boardwalk, right next to what remains of the famous Coney Island amusement park. You are right on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.I live in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York City, which is right along the Boardwalk... more
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA) released its August hurricane outlook, and now expects a near to below normal hurricane season.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA) released its August... more
Sea levels could rise faster along the U.S. East Coast than in any other densely populated part of the world, new research shows, as changes in ice caps and ocean currents push water toward a shoreline inlaid with cities, resort boardwalks and gem-rare habitats.
Three studies this year, including one out last month, have made newly worrisome forecasts about life along the Atlantic over the next century. While the rest of the world might see seven to 23 inches of sea-level rise by 2100, the studies show this region might get that and more -- 17 to 25 inches more -- for a total increase that would submerge a beach chair.
On Thursday, the governors of coastal states from New York to Virginia released an agreement on Atlantic Ocean issues, including the need to prepare for sea-level rise.Sea levels could rise faster along the U.S. East Coast than in any other densely... more
An airplane seat, a life jacket, metallic debris and signs of fuel were found in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on Tuesday by Brazilian military pilots searching for a missing Air France airliner.An airplane seat, a life jacket, metallic debris and signs of fuel were found in the... more
Tuesday's edition of my three times a week talk show.Watch or listen to the show here on CURRENT TV on Tues, Thurs & Sats.
In today's show :
A fantastic time.
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In the middle of the Atlantic ocean.
Just a little milk.
Go to the cinema when it's a nice day.
Night time cycling.
So little sunshine.
Getting the car out.
Raw or cooked veggies ?
The Orange Mall.
I fell off the bike !
Anthony stays in a very expensive hotel.
Very early morning cinema.
Take your kettle.
A woman calls me mad.
I'm not really stuck up.
Tracey is my sweet niece.
People that cut you down.
Take an onion in with you.
A very short email from Iceland.
Go and see the new Star Trek film.
Booking tickets online.
The new cast pull it off big time.
Any questions about tarot card reading - send them in for a future show.
A boat on a track.
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"The £28m project in Southampton, from where the liner set sail in 1912 on her maiden voyage, is set to feature a climb-aboard replica of the ship.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded almost £500,000 in development funding - with the potential for a further £4.5m towards construction.
The council needs to find a further £10m to fund the first phase of works.
If successful, the city council's Civic Centre will be converted with the main exhibition hall turned into a scene of the dockside in Southampton with the Titanic about to depart.""The £28m project in Southampton, from where the liner set sail in 1912 on... more
More than one-third of bathers who swam at an Atlantic Ocean beach in South Florida in a medical study were exposed to dangerous staph bacteria, and 1 percent came in contact with an even more-dangerous, antibiotic-resistant form of the bacteria called MRSA, according to a University of Miami paper presented in Chicago on Friday.
But because of the narrow scope of the pilot study, researchers can't say whether the bathers brought the bacteria with them or were infected by the water or sand, so they can't say if the problem might extend to other beaches. None of the swimmers reported any ill effects.More than one-third of bathers who swam at an Atlantic Ocean beach in South Florida in... more
A woman who claimed she had become the first woman to swim across the Atlantic Ocean has been exposed by internet websites.
It is now obvious that, in fact, Jennifer Figge swam a long way while being in the Atlantic Ocean - rather than swimming across it and the record makers may want to review the swimmer's mileage before making a declaration on her status.A woman who claimed she had become the first woman to swim across the Atlantic Ocean... more
A 56-year-old American athlete has become the first woman on record to swim the Atlantic.
Jennifer Figge took 24 days to swim from the Cape Verde islands off Africa to Trinidad. The exact distance she covered has yet to be calculated.A 56-year-old American athlete has become the first woman on record to swim the... more
Global stocks of the highly prized fish have plummeted by 90% in the last 30 years, and much of the blame rests with Japan, by far the world's biggest consumer. Every year the Japanese get through about three-quarters of the world's bluefin catch; 80% of tuna caught in the Mediterranean ends up on the Japanese market.
Faced with the imminent collapse of bluefin stocks, fisheries officials from 45 countries are meeting in Morocco this week to discuss bluefin quotas for the Atlantic and Mediterranean next year. Conservationists want a moratorium, but Japan is reportedly about to support a scientific panel's recommendation that the quota be set at 15,000 tonnes, about half the current level.
But while attempts are being made to rescue bluefin tuna populations in seas thousands of miles away, nothing is being done to prevent Japan's appetite for tuna sushi and sashimi from ripping through stocks along its own coastline.
Traditional fishing methods may be last hope for prized tuna in local waters.Global stocks of the highly prized fish have plummeted by 90% in the last 30 years,... more
Two days after setting sail from New York City, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson has abandoned his trans-Atlantic speed record aboard a 99-foot ulta-modern racing yacht.Two days after setting sail from New York City, British billionaire Sir Richard... more