Picture: How Soda Caps Are Killing Birds. Image: What’s Really In Our Food?

I’ve written about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (that is, the floating mass of plastic waste the size of Texas wreaking havoc in the Pacific Ocean) on quite a few occasions.  It’s in the news a lot and is becoming better-known.  And bigger.  And more devastating.  Take a look at this short piece from NPR today.  Warning: it’s graphic.  It should also be infuriating.

Consider also the eerie parallels between albatross parents mistakenly feeding their babies plastic and the degree to which we do or don’t know what’s really in most of the food we feed our kids.

Just In Case You Thought I Was Kidding About Stripmalls and Greenspace in the Suburbs

You didn’t, did you?  My good friend Joe just sent this along from the New York Times: 101 Uses for a Deserted Mall.

I didn’t use the word “retrofitting” in my discussion, but that’s what we’re really talking about, here, isn’t it?  Retrofitting in the present and redesigning the future?

See also: DeadMalls.Com

Here’s the beginning of a press release from 1984 I found via DeadMalls:

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Hess’s Department Stores, Inc., has agreed to purchase the Rices Nachmans Department Stores, an eight-unit chain in the Virginia Tidewater area owned by the Phillips-Van Heusen Corp.

Irwin Greenberg, president of Hess’s, said the price would be determined Feb. 4, following completion of the transaction. He said he expected the price to be in the $10 million range.

Earlier this year, Greenberg announced that Virginia would be a major growth area for Hess’s, either through acquisition or new store openings. Negotiations with Phillips-Van Heusen started last March, he said.

Rices Nachman units, averaging 60,000 square feet each, …

Sigh.