Tagged: oceans

Visualising 268,000 tonnes of floating plastic in the world’s oceans - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 12, 2014

by Laurent Lebreton, data scientist at dumpark A recent study on marine plastic pollution published in the journal PlosOne estimates that some 5.25 trillion plastic particles weighing more than 268.000 tonnes are floating on the world’s oceans. Over a six-year period, researchers from six different countries collected plastic density data from 24 expeditions into the five main oceanic basins … Read More

Models, oil spills and moving the debate forward - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 23, 2013

The Greenpeace-commissioned report looking at the estimated impact of a deep water oil well leak in New Zealand waters has received a lot of attention this morning and for good reason. In the whole argument over oil exploration and whether we should drill or not, there’s been little science-based public discussion of the impact of a spill. Sure, … Read More

Visualising plastic pollution in the world's oceans - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 26, 2013

by Laurent Lebreton While the common misconception of global plastic pollution in our oceans is based on descriptions of the north Pacific gyre being a trash island the size of Texas, the reality is much more complicated. Although plastic is not biodegradable unlike other floating marine debris, it is eventually broken down by the sunlight into microscopic particles that … Read More

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