Volume 88 Issue 12 | p. 45 | C&EN Talks With
Issue Date: March 22, 2010

Marcus Eriksen And Anna Cummins

Researchers combine education and outdoor adventure to help combat plastic pollution
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: pollution, plastic, gyre

The amount of plastic waste swirling around in the world’s oceans appears to be growing. The so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the North Pacific Ocean has gotten a lot of attention, but plastic pollution is a global problem, according to Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins, a pair of eco-educators, adventurers, and marine researchers with the nonprofit Algalita Marine Research Foundation, based in Long Beach, Calif.

The two outdoor enthusiasts are on a mission . . .

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