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Research Shows Fish Are Mistaking Plastic Pollution for Food Because of the Way it Smells

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Research Shows Fish Are Mistaking Plastic Pollution for Food Because of the Way it Smells

Source: The Guardian/Fiona Harvey - August 18, 2017

Fish may be actively seeking out plastic debris in the oceans as the tiny pieces appear to smell similar to their natural prey, new research more…

Bottle Deposit Scheme Needed to Cut UK Plastic Pollution in Oceans

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Bottle Deposit Scheme Needed to Cut UK Plastic Pollution in Oceans

Source: The Guardian/Sandra Laville - August 7, 2017

Plastic marine litter could be cut significantly if the government adopted a bottle deposit scheme as part of five key actions to tackle pollution of more…

More and More Pacific Island Nations Are Standing Up Against Plastic Pollution

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More and More Pacific Island Nations Are Standing Up Against Plastic Pollution

Source: One Green Planet/Aleksandra Pajda - August 2, 2017

It finally looks like the battle against single-use plastics is gaining pace! It seems like news about businesses ditching plastic is coming at ever shorter intervals and more…

An Incredible 91% of Plastic Isn’t Recycled, New Study Finds

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An Incredible 91% of Plastic Isn’t Recycled, New Study Finds

Source: National Geographic/Laura Parker - July 26, 2017

Mass production of plastics, which began just six decades ago, has accelerated so rapidly that it has created 8.3 billion metric tons—most of it in more…

Washed Ashore: Turning Plastic Pollution Into a Powerful Message Through Art

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Washed Ashore: Turning Plastic Pollution Into a Powerful Message Through Art

Source: The TerraMar Project - July 24, 2017

Art is a common language which everyone can appreciate regardless of age, gender, race, or culture.
Creating art out of the ocean debris that litters more…

A Plastic Planet: Since the 1950’s Eight Billion Tons of Plastic Have Been Produced Worldwide

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A Plastic Planet: Since the 1950’s Eight Billion Tons of Plastic Have Been Produced Worldwide

Source: The Huffington Post/Dominique Mosbergen - July 21, 2017

Forget “Earth” ― “Planet Plastic” may soon be a more appropriate moniker for our world.

That’s what a group of U.S. scientists concluded after tallying more…

5.25 Trillion Plastic Pieces in the Ocean and Counting: What’s Next?

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5.25 Trillion Plastic Pieces in the Ocean and Counting: What’s Next?

Source: National Geographic/Laura Parker - July 5, 2017

The numbers are staggering: There are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while more…

When You Drop Plastic Into the Ocean Anywhere in the World, Where Will it End up?

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When You Drop Plastic Into the Ocean Anywhere in the World, Where Will it End up?

Source: The Guardian/Alan Evans - July 3, 2017

It is estimated that between four and 12m metric tonnes of plastic makes its way into the ocean each year. This figure is only likely to rise, more…

Study Examines Extent of Microplastic Pollution in the Persian Gulf

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Study Examines Extent of Microplastic Pollution in the Persian Gulf

Phys.org/Qatar University - June 21, 2017

Researchers in Qatar have documented the first evidence for the prevalence of microplastics within the Gulf seawater, specifically in the marine waters of Qatar.

A more…

Study Finds Fishermen Responsible for Most Marine Litter in Nature’s Valley, South Africa

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Study Finds Fishermen Responsible for Most Marine Litter in Nature’s Valley, South Africa

Source: Nature's Valley Trust/Zoe Dillman, Conservation Intern - June 20, 2017

Nature’s Valley is home to one of the most beautiful beaches along the South African coastline, and the Nature’s Valley Trust (NVT) is working hard more…