|Researchers are studying the North Pacific Ocean Subtropical Gyre (aka Pacific Garbage Patch) to classify and quantify the accumulating trash.|
A class of trash that is of particular interest is the ubiquitous plastics, which decay into smaller particles and perpetually pollute our oceans.
Sea creäture gets tangled in the large debris, ingests the small debris, and sends the microscopic debris up the food chain.
Of course we do not need to for our researchers to panic before we stop polluting our oceans!
SR, Evidence That the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is Rapidly Accumulating Plastic
Sampling Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) Increased Concentration of Micro-plastic
SR, The Effect of Particle Properties on the Depth Profile of Buoyant Plastics in the Ocean
Some Related Documents:
Ocean Plastics Charter 2018
UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites)
Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer
Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundry Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal
Convention on Biological Diversity
Kyoto Protocol, Bonn and Follow-on Framework on Climate Change
Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
UPDATED 06/08/2019 TheOceanProject, Happy World Oceans Day 2019! and Google Underwater Earth, The World's Ocean and Economist, Can Conservation Save Our Ocean? and Sea Shepard and Ocean Mind (an opportunity for AI analysis of combined undersea and overhead surveillance systems)
UPDATED 03/04/2019 Economist, Why is the ocean in deep trouble?
UPDATED 12/05/2018 Seeker, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Not What You Think It Is and Seeker, Which Countries Make the Most Plastic Waste?
UPDATED 11/29/2018 TheEconomist, The True Cost of Fast Fashion
...the joint clothing and fashion industry is likely the most egregious polluter in the world...first, production of the clothing pollutes our atmosphere...second, the microfiber from decomposing clothes pollutes our oceans...
UPDATED 07/03/2018 Vox, We Know Ocean Plastic Is A Problem. We Can’t Fix It Until We Answer These 5 Questions