An enormous amount of rubbish is floating in the northern Pacific Ocean, swarming with far more debris than previously thought, sounding the alarm that the world’s oceans are being choked by trillions of pieces of plastic.

Chris Mooney, Washington Post:

Seventy-nine thousand tons of plastic debris, in the form of 1.8 trillion pieces, now occupy an area three times the size of France in the Pacific Ocean.

More:

‘Great Pacific garbage patch’ sprawling with far more debris than thought – The Guardian

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Isn’t What You Think it Is – National Geographic

Great Pacific Garbage Patch is 16 times bigger than previously estimated – CBC