The Marine Debris Conference in Hawaii may be over. The problem of plastic pollution continues. And so this video from Google Earth and NOAA is still current, and can help landlubbers visualize the issue of sea junk. There's a much nastier video below, by the way.
The narrator above doesn't sound too fired up, but she calls marine debris "one of the most widespread pollution problems facing the world's oceans." Google worked with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to put together the video prior to the conference. It can make you dizzy.
As noted by the Google Earth Blog, marine debris/plastic pollution pics also can be viewed via a KMZ file, if you're so inclined.
Discussions at the conference included the story of a turtle who pooped plastic for a month. Remember An Ocean of Plastic ... In Bird's Guts? Check out this other video, via the conference website (if you haven't eaten recently).
More info on NOAA efforts are online at marinedebris.noaa.gov. Previous and ongoing TreeHugger coverage, below.
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