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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Carrying 1.8T Plastic Pieces: Study

Meanwhile, the annual consumption of plastic is on the rise around the world and currently totals more than 320 million tons

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    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Carrying 1.8T Plastic Pieces: Study
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    Plastic bottle on beach by ocean

    There's an 80,000-ton monster lurking in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and California and it's still getting bigger, NBC News reported.

    Arguably more frightening than any shark, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a rapidly growing hot spot for ocean plastic, carrying 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic in what is now the largest accumulation of ocean debris in the world, according to a new report Thursday in Scientific Reports.

    The patch is now two times larger than the size of Texas, with bits of plastic and debris spread over more than 600,000 square miles of water, according to the three-year mapping effort from eight different organizations.

    Meanwhile, the annual consumption of plastic is on the rise around the world and currently totals more than 320 million tons, according to the report.

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    [NATL] Total Lunar Eclipse Comes with Supermoon Bonus

    On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create an eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America, where skies were clear. It was also the year's first supermoon, when a full moon appears a little bigger and brighter. (This video does not have audio)

    (Published Monday, Jan. 21, 2019)