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Plastic Pollution

Giant Larvaceans Are Transporting Microplastics to Deep Sea Food Webs

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Giant Larvaceans Are Transporting Microplastics to Deep Sea Food Webs

Source: Phys.org/Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute - August 21, 2017

Over the last decade, scientists have discovered tiny pieces of plastic in many ocean waters, and even in deep-sea mud. However, they know very little more…

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…

Another Massive Plastic Garbage Patch The Size of Mexico Found in Pacific

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Another Massive Plastic Garbage Patch The Size of Mexico Found in Pacific

Source: National Geographic/Shaena Montanari - August 7, 2017

Water, water, everywhere—and most of it is filled with plastic.

A new discovery of a massive amount of plastic floating in the South Pacific is yet 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…

Citizen Scientists Create Big Data on Ocean Trash From Beach Cleanups

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Citizen Scientists Create Big Data on Ocean Trash From Beach Cleanups

Source: News Deeply/Erica Cirino - August 3, 2017

Each year millions of people living near the ocean flock to local beaches to take part in international cleanups to help fight ocean plastic pollution. Often, 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…

Mariner Explores ‘Raft’ of Plastic in the South Pacific

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Mariner Explores ‘Raft’ of Plastic in the South Pacific

Source: BBC News/Dr Charlotte Brassey - July 18, 2017

A mariner who has spent years travelling "hundreds of thousands of nautical miles" to measure the impact of plastic waste in the ocean has estimated more…