This Texas-sized floating trash heap totally repulses us5/9/2012
There's a massive, swirling heap of garbage floating in the northern Pacific Ocean, and it's grown to the size of Texas. Nasty. From 1972 to 1987, scientists didn't really find any evidence of microplastic. Now they claim there are 13,000 pieces of plastic litter found in every square kilometer of sea. Scientists are saying that the garbage is spreading toxic chemicals and providing a place for insects called "sea-skaters" that feed on fish eggs and plankton to give birth. The expectation is that the rise in skaters and the spread of those chemicals will totally alter the ocean's ecosystem. Can't wait to hit the beach now, right?
What should be done about the garbage patch to slow its growth?