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Inside the North Paci0ic Ocean lies the biggest amount of trash in the world and it’s only getting worse due to human interference. The United States government has legislation and precedent in place to protect the oceans from human interference. However, there is not much awareness in the general public of the impact of human waste. If left untouched, more animals will be threatened by extinction because of the amount of waste. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has authority on clean up regarding national waters. Unfortunately, a lack of research prevents any mitigation efforts and a lack of money prevents additional research from being done. Through the passing of various bills, the Administration would get more money to do research and increased education will allow citizens to be able to incrementally decrease waste impact.
The World's Water
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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Becker, Miri; Cerruti, Chris; Girouard, Kory; and Watson, Brendan, "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" (2012). Great Problems Seminar Poster Archive. Book 268.