The debris build-up in the Pacific is growing at an alarming rate. What was described less than a year ago as being twice the size as the state of Texas has now grown to something now being described as “twice the size as [the] continental United States.” Alarming indeed!
No one appears to want to claim responsibility for it but, yet, it seems that just about everyone, especially those countries bordering along and any ship or vessel traveling in or over the Pacific ocean, contributes to its existence. It’s a troubling ecological and potentially hazardous health situation.
Needless to say, I would think, is that the plastic and other materials are killing the fish and other wildlife that are using the refuse pile as a sheltering spot. Scientists have found toothbrushes, bits of plastic and syringes in bird carcasses on top of the soupy mini-continental mass of garbage.
Studies are being performed to find out what long-term affect on the environment the trash and garbage mass will have to both the sea and shore.
In the meantime the Pacific ocean has become a repository for human trash products not properly disposed of initially, and the unauthorized and unclaimed garbage collection continues to amass.