“US Navy helicopters fire flares alongside a US aircraft carrier, August 2, 2012.”
Photo credit: Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Zachary A. Anderson / US Navy
– “Naval Exercises Add Trillions of Pieces of Plastic Debris to Oceans”
“For the next two decades, the US Navy will inject hundreds of thousands of pounds of flares and billions of metal-coated glass fibers into ocean waters off the coasts of Washington and Oregon.
When the last two decades are added in, the Navy will have left behind more than half a million pounds of flares and trillions of microfibers of chaff (a radar countermeasure dropped by aircraft) by the year 2037.”
“The Navy claims its ramped-up activity will have no significant impacts.
However, Karen Sullivan, a retired endangered species biologist who cofounded the West Coast Action Alliance, which acts as a watchdog of naval activities in the Pacific Northwest, disagrees with that claim,” by Dahr Jamail, Truthout.