Water & Oceans

"'Pacific Garbage Patch' Expedition Finds Plastic, Plastic Everywhere"

"Scientists who returned to the Bay Area this week after an expedition to the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" brought piles of plastic debris they pulled out of the ocean — soda bottles, cracked patio chairs, Styrofoam chunks, old toys, discarded fishing floats and tangled nets."

Source: San Jose Mercury News, 09/02/2009

"EPA Should Set Nutrient Limits To Block Dead Zones, IG Says"

"The Environmental Protection Agency should move immediately to adopt enforceable limits on the release of nutrient pollutants -- such as fertilizer and sewage -- into rivers and streams to halt the creation of dangerously low oxygen areas in water bodies, and the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico should be one of its first targets, the agency's Office of Inspector General said in a report made public today."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 08/31/2009

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