Last week Kip Hansen’s “An Ocean of Plastic” thoroughly debunked myths about the “great garbage patch”.
But who created this story? Like many of the scary stories of our time, it came from the interaction of actual science with activist scientists and clickbait-seeking journalists. It is an example of how real problems become masked by myths, leaving us divided and unable to respond. To make this a self-contained post, it repeats some material covered by Hansen.