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I am now be geographically a long way from the Pacific, but the ocean remains very much on my mind – especially as I learn more every day about the scale of the plastic pollution problem.

Here is the latest “Pollution Postcard” to come to my attention: a video showing what was trawled up by Captain Charles Moore on a recent trip to the North Pacific Gyre, and some disturbing expert commentary on the implications for human health.

I am becoming more and more aware that there is no “away” – as in “throw it away”. Nothing leaves the planet. All our waste has to go somewhere, and the Earth cannot indefinitely absorb our garbage. Increasingly the waste products that we have carelessly disposed of are coming back to haunt us.

Thanks to Carol Mone, a Woodside friend, for sending me this link.

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