Atlantic Ocean, The Second Garbage Patch

by kdesrochers on January 26, 2015 - 2:08pm

Most have heard of the great garbage patch found in the Pacific Ocean, however, many have not realized of the immensely large garbage build up found in the Atlantic. Richard A. Lovett illustrates the issues of the garbage found in the Atlantic in the article, “Huge Garbage Patch Found in Atlantic Too,” National Geographic News, published in March 2010, one can see the affect of having one major news story contribute to the disregard of an other. The Pacific garbage patch has been shown in news stories to be almost double the size of Texas; while people focus on this environmental disaster, an other build up is growing drastically. The size of the Atlantic garbage patch, according to Lovett, is approximately the same “distance as Cuba to Virginia”. Due to the circulation and current of water, the plastic and garbage thrown carelessly in nature can be later found harming innocent birds and marine animals found in the Atlantic Ocean. To show the opportunity people have to contribute to improving the habitats of marine animals, as well as, the general pollution issue, Lovett illustrates the work of Kara Lavender Law, “an oceanographer […] from Massachusetts”. Law has enabled over 7000 students to participate in research cruises to record the small pieces of plastic found. The pieces of trash and plastics are incredibly small but the impacts they have on nature are much greater than their size. Students in Law’s program found areas that held more than 200 000 pieces of garbage per square kilometer, though this is not even half of what has been found in the Pacific, if continuously ignored the final impact can be just as costly. Most of the trash found in the water is that of consumer related products or carelessly thrown away garbage. The point isn’t to stop consuming in order to have less trash but to realize the harm that can be done when news stories focus on greater eye-catching issues and disregard what would seem to be smaller and insignificant in comparison. As a student studying in the science program, the environment is something of interest; in order to improve the environment the smaller fixes should be looked upon instead of neglected. Sometimes trying to change the small, though the distance of Cuba to Virginia is not small, aspects in life can have a greater affect on the larger issues. For more information one can visit the National Geographic News website as it is an excellent and reliable source. National Geographic is known worldwide for all it has to do with the environment, animals, adventure, and what is critical to know in the world. I consider National Geographic to be reliable as it illustrates its sources, data, and has been sources for great information from Ancient Egypt to animal kingdoms to the food people eat since 1888.

 

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/03/100302-new-ocean-trash-garbage-patch/

Comments

I strongly agree that more news stories should try to inform the world about the more disregarded problems happening. I find that most issues that grab a larger amount of attention like the Pacific ocean's garbage patch only get that amount of consideration because they seem to have much more impact on the world and because news reports constantly remind the population about these problems. There is good in giving a big problem a lot of attention to be able to improve the situation. On the other hand, if nothing is being said or done about less noticeable issues, these issues will get bigger and bigger without anyone noticing. At the end, the neglected issues will become just as big as the once said "larger ones". That is why I find that you were completely right when you said that trying to change the small can have a greater affect on the larger issues. In this link http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/07/140715-ocean-plastic-deb... Journalist Laura Parker explains how a large amount of the garbage in the Atlantic ocean ends up into its depths. It is said that this may modify the ecosystem in many ways. Another reason why garbage found in the Atlantic ocean should get more attention from the news.

I agree with what you are saying and you have a very good point. Everyone looks at what the news is showing them, and so other issues are left behind. Not enough people research the issues on their own to realize what else is out there and the problems that are affecting our eco-system. There is clearly a huge crisis that will happen in the eco-systems in both of these oceans. The fact that our future is being ruined by our own people is outrageous. If we want to have sustainable development, we need to realize the impact of human waste and deal with it in a better way. I think that the governments should be resolving the problem with all the extra waste and focusing on cleaning it up so we can have a better future with a clean and healthy environment. Humans are capable of having sustainable development but only if we do something about it, and right now we aren’t doing enough.

I really appreciate the time you took to summarize one of today’s biggest environmental issues. I agree with what you've said that our news stations should focus on more stories that have to do with the environment rather than war. If we the problem were more informed about the dangers this causes us I’m sure we’d stop and think twice. At the rate the population is growing we must find ways to better ourselves in order for a brighter future. We must use the knowledge that is offered to us in order for this to happen. If more and more people are informed of this threat we are causing we could slow it down. But it’s up to all of us. Firstly, we must stop littering and secondly we must find a way to remove all this toxic waste from our oceans. The future must be self-sustainable and right now were not heading in that direction. We must find new technologies to invest in rather keep investing in old methods. From this moment on it is very important to evolve, but evolving towards a green self-sustainable green future.

I strongly with all the facts you put into this response to the article "Huge Garbage Patch Found in Atlantic Too." The biggest problem we have today is that we ignore the big problems rather than fixing them. The news hides the truth about these issues by covering them with more eye-catching stories. This is a serious problem that needs to be fixed in order to have a good future for ourselves and our children. In order to have a sustainable future we have to start focusing on the issues rather than neglected them. We as a society have to find a solution to this massive problem, if we don't it could lead to bigger problems that we will have to deal with later on, we have to figure out a way to put a stop to this careless behaviour that is putting the marine animals in danger. If law programs all over the world continue to do the research they are doing it will make a difference, but if not the result will be costly.

I think that you raise many excellent points on how to better sustain our environment and the serious contemporary issue at hand. The Pacific Garbage Patch is a serious environmental threat specifically harming fish and other sea creatures. Our news stations must focus more on issues surrounding problems harming our environment as more people must be made aware. By more people knowing these present issues, less people will litter allowing for a cleaner environment. News stations can grab the attention of investors who can possibly fund a project to remove this toxic waste from the ocean. Our future can be more sustainable by the people acting more concisely about our environment and the actions we do which are harmful. I think that the programs offering kids to do research and collect data on our oceans and the garbage in them are excellent, as it not only gives students the opportunity to go on cruises around the world but to also become more educated on our environment all around us.

I think that you raise many excellent points on how to better sustain our environment and the serious contemporary issue at hand. The Pacific Garbage Patch is a serious environmental threat specifically harming fish and other sea creatures. Our news stations must focus more on issues surrounding problems harming our environment as more people must be made aware. By more people knowing these present issues, less people will litter allowing for a cleaner environment. News stations can grab the attention of investors who can possibly fund a project to remove this toxic waste from the ocean. Our future can be more sustainable by the people acting more concisely about our environment and the actions we do which are harmful. I think that the programs offering kids to do research and collect data on our oceans and the garbage in them are excellent, as it not only gives students the opportunity to go on cruises around the world but to also become more educated on our environment all around us.

As you stated, the media should not disregard certain "smaller" issues and showcase what they view as bigger ones. Eventually the so-called smaller issues will measure up to the before bigger ones. Our planet does not seem to understand the urgency in making green decisions. In order for Earth to remain livable in the long run, we need to start to clean up our mess and find new ways to ensure we stop making new ones. I think that the issue is that no one wants to take responsibility to clean the garbage patches in either the Atlantic or the Pacific so we do not talk about it as much as we should. Also we keep polluting and although we hear about how bad it is, we do not actually seem to comprehend the gravity of the situation. People do not want to understand how bad the situation is, because when they do they will want to change their way of living into a more sustainable lifestyle. People are living in denial or in hope that the situation will change on its own without any real effort on the part of everyone on this planet. We need to start making a huge effort. There are thousands and thousands of tiny pieces of plastic floating in the middle of our oceans. We are responsible for that along with all types of pollution. The pieces of plastic have an enormous negative impact on our ecosystem. It endangers birds and fish but I think that since it does not endanger the human race right now, people do not seem to want to change the way they do things. It may cost money to clean up the garbage patches and it may cost even more money to turn the planet into a more eco-friendly place but I think that long-term in will much more beneficial for Earth. The only way to make people aware of how dangerous pollution is, is to talk about it and to show people how living sustainably is just as good if not much better. You are right, we need to talk about these issues because they will just become bigger and bigger. We need to take responsibility for our actions and clean up our home. Media needs to educate everyone, including big companies, normal households and governments, how bad every single environmental issue is in order for us to all work together to change our ways.

You did a great job of summarizing the article and ensuring that all the key points were brought up in your response. I strongly agree that news stations and broadcasters should begin to enlighten their viewers about issues that are often put on the back burner due to the absence of human life. As much as this article focuses on the wildlife it affects, it also will affect human life in later years if us humans do not become more educated on what this problem may come to. Without the help of word of mouth and media to help inform us on what may come in the future if we do not begin to dispose of our garbage where it should be disposed of. Also, governments surrounding these areas affected need to take action on implementing stricter laws and regulations in the disposal of trash. Together we need to make a change to further a sustainable future for our oceans and environment, so that they do not become such big issues that become irreversible damage.