It was a sad day when I learnt of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the destruction caused by plastic debris in our oceans (See photos by Chris Jordan http://www.chrisjordan.com/gallery/midway/#CF000313%2018x24 )
What are harder to see and report on are the microscopic particles of degraded plastics, which also cause damage to wildlife. I think Chris Jordan's touching pictures should be used in recycling and sustainable living adverts, as they are hard to ignore.
Our rubbish has reached the farthest corners of the Earth. This Laysan albatross is practising its nesting skills in one of the world's most remote places – the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in Hawaii. But instead of practising with an abandoned egg as it normally would, it is sitting on a plastic ball used for baseball batting practice.