What is Pacific Garbage Patch?

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean. Marine debris is litter that ends up in oceans, seas, and other large bodies of water. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as the Pacific trash vortex, spans waters from the West Coast of North America to Japan. The patch is actually comprised of the Western Garbage Patch, located near Japan, and the Eastern Garbage Patch, located between the U.S. states of Hawaii and California (National Geographic, 2015).

Visit this site http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/encyclopedia/great-pacific-garbage-patch/?ar_a=1 and review National Geographic explanation on Pacific Garbage Patch (PGB). In addition, watch the video on PGB on http://bit.ly/qg64CI.

Discuss the following:

a. What is Pacific Garbage Patch?

b. What are the sources and types of dangers associated with it?

c. What are some of the health effects of PGB?

d. What is public health roles in reducing this issue?

Based upon chapters 9-10 in the textbook (Friis, R. (2012). Essentials of environmental health (2th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.), personal experiences, worldview, and media/resources provided, you must comment on the specific reflection prompts provided- reflecting on how they relate to current society.

Your writing should be thoughtful, insightful, and 2 full pages, adding significant substance, clearly reference (i.e. cite, following current APA guidelines for your in-text citations and references).

References: ONE of the sources MUST be from the textbook: Friis, R. (2012). Essentials of environmental health (2th ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning.

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