March 11th, 2009 in Breaking News

Tidal wave of trash threatens world oceans

Reuters: ‘Tidal wave of trash threatens world oceans’.

Miami - A tidal wave of man-made trash is threatening world oceans, damaging wildlife, tourism and seafood industries and piling additional stress on seas already hit by climate change, conservationists said on Tuesday.

A report by US-based Ocean Conservancy detailed what it called a “global snapshot of marine debris” based on itemised records of rubbish collected by nearly 400 000 volunteers in 104 countries and places in a single day in September 2008.

Close to 7 million pounds (3.2 million kg) of trash - the weight of 18 blue whales - was collected from oceans, lakes, rivers and waterways in the 2008 cleanup, the group said in its report “A Rising Tide of Ocean Debris and What We Can Do About It”.