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About 99 Percent of the Ocean’s Plastic Has Disappeared. Where It’s Ending Up Should Scare All of Us

Experts suspect that fish are eating a significant amount of our trash.

(Photo: Jason Swain/Getty Images)

July 01, 2014 

By Kristina Bravo

From water bottles to the microbeads in our face wash, we send millions of tons of plastic into the ocean every year. 

Not only does it amount to $13 billion in damages to the environment, but it costs the lives of the marine animals that end up choking on our garbage. 

A new study has found even grimmer news: About 99 percent of the ocean’s plastic is missing, and there’s a chance that a large amount is ending up on our dinner plates.

The study, published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reported data collected from all major ocean gyres in 2010 and 2011. 

When researchers used mesh nets to determine how much plastic the garbage patches have, they didn’t find as much trash as expected.

“We can’t account for 99 percent of the plastic that we have in the ocean,” lead researcher Carlos Duarte told Science. “There is potentia…


The Last Warrior: Andrew Marshall and the Shaping of Modern American Defense Strategy 

Hardcover – January 6, 2015

by Andrew F. Krepinevich (Author), Barry D. Watts (Author)

The Last Warrior

By John Mauldin

Remember those picture problems we had to solve when we were in elementary school? They would give us six pictures and ask us, which one doesn’t belong? I often feel like that odd picture, out of place but still on the page. There are moments when I feel like I’m really living in a dream, that I will wake up and find myself back in some mundane existence. Lately (in the past few years) I have often found myself in the company of truly extraordinary people and later wondered why I have been privileged to be there.

A few weeks ago I was invited to a small reception in Washington DC for Andrew Marshall. Andy Marshall, 93½ years old, was director of the United States Department of Defense's Office of Net Assessment, th…