Midnight In The Desert — trash

Trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Has More Than Quadrupled

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Trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch Has More Than Quadrupled

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is getting denser. The enormous plastic soup floating in the vast North Pacific spans more than 617,000 square miles (1.6 million square kilometers), and its density is now between four and 16 times greater than previous estimates, scientists have found. Researchers made the discovery by looking at the accumulation of plastic trash in the Pacific between California and Hawaii. They found that the patch has more than 87,000 tons (79,000 metric tons) of plastic in it. That equates to 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic, or roughly 250 pieces for every person on the planet, the...

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Trash by the numbers: Startling statistics about US garbage

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Trash by the numbers: Startling statistics about US garbage

The great thing about the modern sanitation system is that we don't have to live with our garbage. The bad thing thing about the modern sanitation system is that ... we don't have to live with our garbage. In my rebellious youth I used to (half-jokingly) assert that littering should be encouraged so that we could all see just how much garbage we make – if we were forced to live with it we'd surely make less, right? But we have good sanitation and it means that we can make more and more and more and more garbage, and it...

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Hong Kong's Beaches Are Suddenly Covered in Trash and No One Knows Why

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Hong Kong's Beaches Are Suddenly Covered in Trash and No One Knows Why

Visitors to Hong Kong’s beaches have taken to various social media channels to voice their outrage about the current state of the region’s beaches. Judging by the accompanying photos, they look more like trash oases than relaxing paradises. “I have never in my 20 years here seen consistently this much rubbish on our shores,” wrote one Facebook user in a post that included a series of photos of trash-strewn beaches. “The seas are awash with so much that just keeps arriving on the shoreline it’s embarrassing... No one wants to sit on a beach with this.” According to the environmental...

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