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20

Feb


 Shocking new film captures plastic’s legacy 



Photographer Chris Jordan turns his devastating photo project into a feature-length movie - check out the trailer here.
Shocking new film captures plastic’s legacy
Photographer Chris Jordan turns his devastating photo project into a feature-length movie - check out the trailer here.

28

Sep

With plastic pollution in the world’s oceans making daily headlines, the albatross population on Midway Atoll has become the heartbreaking symbol of this global problem. This collection of small islands in the North Pacific is home to millions of albatross — and scientists say that every single one of them contains some quantity of plastic. The birds are mistakenly eating debris from the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, a swirling vortex of trash that’s 90 percent plastic. Researchers have found dead albatross at Midway whose body weight was mostly plastic from bottle caps, cigarette lighters and other waste. Of the 500,000 albatross chicks born here each year, 40 percent die — mostly as a result of being mistakenly fed plastic by their parents. In fact, albatross feed their chicks about 5 tons of plastic a year at Midway.15 animals making headlines

With plastic pollution in the world’s oceans making daily headlines, the albatross population on Midway Atoll has become the heartbreaking symbol of this global problem. This collection of small islands in the North Pacific is home to millions of albatross — and scientists say that every single one of them contains some quantity of plastic. The birds are mistakenly eating debris from the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch, a swirling vortex of trash that’s 90 percent plastic.
 
Researchers have found dead albatross at Midway whose body weight was mostly plastic from bottle caps, cigarette lighters and other waste. Of the 500,000 albatross chicks born here each year, 40 percent die — mostly as a result of being mistakenly fed plastic by their parents. In fact, albatross feed their chicks about 5 tons of plastic a year at Midway.
15 animals making headlines

03

Jul

If this video horrifies you, it might be time to make a change in your plastic usage. We have some simple ways you can reduce your plastic waste.

16

Apr

25

Mar

Midway: Here, reflected in the beauty of the Albatross, is an unfolding horror. Yet it is a horror in which we see our own lives, a snapshot of our impact on the planet that challenges us to consider how to move forward.

danielsicolo:

This is so sad…

http://www.midwayjourney.com

24

Mar

obscuredcamera:

On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean.

obscuredcamera:

On Midway Atoll, a remote cluster of islands more than 2000 miles from the nearest continent, the detritus of our mass consumption surfaces in an astonishing place: inside the stomachs of thousands of dead baby albatrosses. The nesting chicks are fed lethal quantities of plastic by their parents, who mistake the floating trash for food as they forage over the vast polluted Pacific Ocean.