Campaigners are trying to get a floating garbage island the size of France recognised as a country in the North Pacific. Under Article 1 of the Montevideo Convention, a country must be able to: define its borders tricky when it continues to accumulate waste on a daily basis ; form a government; interact with other states; and have a permanent established population. Some eight million tonnes of plastic are dumped into it every year — roughly the equivalent of a rubbish truck full every minute. We ought to have a price on carbon, which would also affect the economic attractiveness of plastic. Gore also advocates for the introduction of recycling laws which would minimise the amount of plastic being dumped, and increase the amount being reused for new products. If current rates of dumping continue, it could outweigh the amount of fish in the ocean by Previous More.
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Trash Free Seas Alliance Takes Aim at Great Pacific Garbage Patch
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world and is located between Hawaii and California. Scientists of The Ocean Cleanup have conducted the most extensive analysis ever of this area. It is located halfway between Hawaii and California. It is estimated that 1.
Jump to navigation. For NOAA, a national science agency, separating science from science fiction about the Pacific garbage patch and other garbage patches is important when answering questions about what it is, and how we should deal with the problem. There are many conflicting estimates for the size or mass of these garbage patches. The name conjures images of a floating landfill in the middle of the ocean, with miles of bobbing plastic bottles and rogue yogurt cups.
The Great Pacific garbage patch , also described as the Pacific trash vortex , is a gyre of marine debris particles in the north-central Pacific Ocean. An ocean current about 6, miles long, referred to as the Subtropical Convergence Zone, connects the two patches, which extend over an indeterminate area of the widely varying range, depending on the degree of plastic concentration used to define the affected area. Despite the common public perception of the patch existing as giant islands of floating garbage, its low density 4 particles per cubic meter prevents detection by satellite imagery , or even by casual boaters or divers in the area. This is because the patch is a widely dispersed area consisting primarily of suspended "fingernail-sized or smaller bits of plastic", often microscopic, particles in the upper water column known as microplastics.