Dead Albatross Chicks

In 2009 the photographer and artist Chris Jordan travelled to the Pacific atoll of Midway. In his work Midway: Message from the Gyre he photographed the effects of widespread oceanic plastic pollution.

Some of the most disturbing images are of dead decayed albatross chicks, all with numerous plastic objects in their stomachs, that they had unwittingly swallowed after mistaking them for food.

Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Pacific garbage patch, his presentation to TED is below.

The World’s Dirtiest River

The Citarum River in West Java, Indonesia was declared the ‘dirtiest river in the world’ by the Asian Development Bank in 2008. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on various improvement projects, so far with very little success.

Millions of  people depend upon the river for their water supply, including many poor rural communities who must take their untreated drinking water directly from the river.

Photo from The Daily Mail