Ep.9 Transcript: The Discovery of Plastic Pollution

Ed Carpenter
It seems like every once in a while I get a email and they’ll say, are you the Ed Carpenter that did blah, blah, blah? And (laughs) – and yeah. That’s me. Long time ago.

Music – Plink by Dorian Roy

Anja
Welcome to the Plastisphere, the podcast on plastic, people, and the planet. My name is Anja Krieger. Plastic pollution seems to be a pretty new issue, right? In the past few years, the topic has been all over the media. But if you explore the history of science, it turns out that the problem really isn’t all that new. Some scientists have been aware of plastic in the ocean for over half a century. So, how was plastic pollution first discovered? And why didn’t we hear about it earlier? Over the past year, I spoke to scientists who called attention to the problem long before it was widely discussed. In this episode, I want to share their stories with you, to shed more light on what happened back then, and why it took us so long to see the problem. Continue reading “Ep.9 Transcript: The Discovery of Plastic Pollution”