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Posted Fri Aug 21 2009: from Mongabay:
Plastic Vortexes Leaching Chemicals into World's Oceans
While scientists have acknowledged the existence of billions of pounds of plastic containers, Styrofoam, and similar waste have created massive oceanic trash vortexes (floating islands of garbage), little is known of the effects of the dissolution of these materials into the water. Recent studies have found that under certain climate conditions, ocean plastic can decompose in under a year, leaching potentially toxic chemicals into the water.... "Most people in the world believe that this plastic is indestructible for a very long time. We are now concerned that plastic pollution is caused by invisible materials. This will have a great effect on marine life."
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'Doc Jim says:
"Invisible materials" like endocrine disruptors, pthalates, methylmercury, or the other heavy metals? Or PCBs?
C'mon, what?

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