The Horrors Of Plastic On Henderson Island

The Guardian wishes to tell us of how awful this all is that a remote Pacific island has plastic on the beaches. Part of the Pitcairn group and uninhabited:

Henderson Island, uninhabited and a day’s sea crossing from the nearest sign of civilisation, should be an untouched paradise. Instead its beaches, which were awarded Unesco world heritage status in 1988, are a monument to humanity’s destructive, disposable culture. Along a 2.5km stretch of sandy beach, an estimated 18 tonnes of plastic has accumulated over decades at a rate of several thousand pieces of plastic every day.

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As Science Shows, It’s Fishing Gear, Not Plastic Bags, Causing Problems In The Oceans

That we should all stop using plastic bags has become a commonplace assertion of our times. That we should do so in order to stop the sharks and rays and whales from drowning is given as the reason. The problem with this is that it’s not the plastic bags causing the problems in the oceans:

Sharks are getting tangled up in plastic rubbish and dying in horrific pain, scientists reveal

OK, but which plastic rubbish?…

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If Only The Guardian Understood Numbers – Fat Chance

As we know the arts graduates that produce The Guardian don’t understand numbers in the slightest. That’s why we get the tosh from them that we do. An example today being the damage done to human welfare by plastics in the seas. This doesn’t even make sense in the numbers they themselves quote:

Plastic pollution in the world’s oceans costs society billions of dollars every year in damaged and lost resources, research has found. Fisheries, aquaculture, recreational activities and global wellbeing are all negatively affected by plastic pollution, with an estimated 1-5% decline in the benefit humans derive from oceans.

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