GreenTracker| Oregon State assistant professor of oceanography Angelicque ‘Angel’ White has leveled serious claims against the widespread assertion that the ‘Great Garbage Patch’ between California and Japan is twice the size of Texas.
White also damns assertions that the oceans are filled with more plastic than plankton.
“There is no doubt that the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans is troubling, but this kind of exaggeration undermines the credibility of scientists,” White said. “We have data that allow us to make reasonable estimates; we don’t need the hyperbole. Given the observed concentration of plastic in the North Pacific, it is simply inaccurate to state that plastic outweighs plankton, or that we have observed an exponential increase in plastic.”
We’ve written on garbage in our oceans on several occasions and will shortly review White’s claims in more detail, and what will be a critical response to her assertions. via Science Daily
Read prior articles about ocean garbage here.