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Study: Oceanic garbage patch much smaller than previously reported

from Canadian Plastics

The size of an area of floating plastic refuse in the northern Pacific Ocean called the called "Great Garbage Patch" has been wildly exaggerated by media reports, according to a new analysis from Oregon State University. "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," said Angelicque White, an oceanographer at Oregon State University. "We have data that allow us to make reasonable estimates; we don't need the hyperbole." more


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