By: Don Loepp
December 11, 2012
The NBC Nightly News is looking at how plastic waste from the Japanese tsunami is fouling beaches and impacting wildlife in Hawaii.
Miguel Almaguer's reports: "With the largest wave of tsunami debris expected to wash ashore in the next several months, researchers say what's out in the open waters right now will only compound an already serious problem. Mounds of trash like fishing nets are collecting where wildlife live and feed."
Like Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle," the story aims at both viewers hearts and stomachs. There are visuals of seals and a shark entangled in plastics, big pieces of plastic recovered from dead birds, and an ominous report that microplastics are being found in fish commonly eaten by tuna and salmon.