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Troubled Seas Soon to Cast Japan’s Trash Onto U.S. Shores

posted by Jael Ever @ 13:43 PM
August 3, 2011

 As if the United States does not have enough trash, plastics and every other kind of debris floating in world oceans, this country will soon receive millions of pieces of useless fragments coming across the Pacific Ocean from Japan’s tsunami last March.  Oceanographers suggests the floods of trash from that rather radioactive island will hit Hawaii by next spring, and the shores of the west coast a year later.  But the environmental nightmare doesn’t end there. Scientists expect the massive undulating mess to return to this country two or three times over subsequent years.

 Because there is already more trash floating on ocean waters than anyone knows how to discard,scientists are trying to figure out what to do with this new patch that will spew refuge from Baja California to Alaska.  Professors Nikolai Maximenko and Jan Hafner, scientists at the International Pacific Research Center, University of Hawaii at Manoa, reported the expected arrival of the floating debris assault.  Maximenko authenticated his knowledge of Pacific Ocean currents by telling governments exactly where they would find the well-known North Pacific Garbage Patch, which is now twice the size of Texas.

 Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer told Paul Rogers of  “We are going to see boats, parts of homes, lots of plastic bottles, chair cushions, kids’ toys, everything.”  He estimates that the humongous pile of trash “is moving east at roughly 10 miles a day, and is spread over an area about 350 miles wide and 1,300 miles long–an area roughly the size of California.” So California will be run over with a pile of garbage that is the size of California?

 Several government agencies––including the Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. State Department––are meeting to plan reaction strategy.  Meanwhile, Japan faces additional trash problems.  Aaron Teasdale writes:  “The tsunami and earthquake resulted in 24 million metric tons of debris, which represents roughly half of Japan’s annual trash output.”  Thus, Japan also has to figure out what to do with all that trash!

 Japan’s continuing tragedy still affects all the earth, and it is indicative of flawed thinking in post-modern society.  Why do today’s lifestyles demand disposable materials?  Why are economies based on continuously buying the new and discarding the used? When will it dawn on world leaders that earth and oceans will soon have no more dumping space?  Isaiah writes about “the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt” (57: 20).  West coast residents had best don wholesale Christian t-shirts and enjoy what clean beaches they can find, because soon the troubled sea will cast up its mire and dirt!

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