The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Size and impacts

Garbage debris floating in oceanAn interview with Beth Polidoro, ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes deputy director and assistant professor of environmental chemistry in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences, was published in today’s edition of ASU Now. In this piece, Professor Polidoro provides key facts and insights on The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. “The garbage patch was discovered in the late 1980’s. However, the size and amount of garbage has exponentially increased, especially over the past decade,” explains Polidoro. “Plastic use — and discards in general — have exponentially increased and are projected to reach more than 400 million tons per year by 2020.”