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A Worldwide Intervention: It’s Time to Kick Our Addiction to Plastic

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A Worldwide Intervention: It’s Time to Kick Our Addiction to Plastic

Source: Scientific American/Ayana Elizabeth Johnson - October 16, 2017

As a marine biologist, watching our global plastic pollution problem grow and grow and grow is fascinatingly horrifying. Just the amount is incredible—72 million tons more…

Globalization: Both the Problem and the Solution to Plastic Pollution in Our Ocean

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Globalization: Both the Problem and the Solution to Plastic Pollution in Our Ocean

Source: The TerraMar Project/Georgia Sherwin - October 12, 2017

Plastic, plastic, plastic… by now we are familiar with the ubiquitous material and its problematic relationship with the environment. We’ve seen the heart-breaking images of more…

Plastic Pollution Shows No Boundaries: Scientists Find Worrying Signs in the Arctic Ocean

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Plastic Pollution Shows No Boundaries: Scientists Find Worrying Signs in the Arctic Ocean

Source: The Guardian/Jamie Doward - September 25, 2017

A British-led expedition has discovered sizeable chunks of polystyrene lying on remote frozen ice floes in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.

The depressing find, only 1,000 more…

The Key to Solving Plastic Pollution Could Lie in People’s Love for the Sea

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The Key to Solving Plastic Pollution Could Lie in People’s Love for the Sea

Source: Phys.org/University of Plymouth - September 19, 2017

Tapping into the public's passion for the ocean environment could be the key to reducing the threats posed to it by plastic pollution, a new 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…

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…

Asian Nations Make Pledge to Keep Plastic Pollution out of Oceans

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Asian Nations Make Pledge to Keep Plastic Pollution out of Oceans

Source: BBC News/Roger Harrabin - June 8, 2017

Nations responsible for much of the world's ocean plastic pollution have promised to start cleaning up their act.
At a UN oceans summit, delegates from more…

Millions of Plastic Pieces Find Their Way to a Pristine Pacific Island

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Millions of Plastic Pieces Find Their Way to a Pristine Pacific Island

Source: NPR/Camila Domonoske - May 17, 2017

More than 37 million pieces of plastic debris have accumulated on a remote island in the South Pacific, thousands of miles from the nearest city, more…

Dress For Success: How You Can Help Solve the Plastic Pollution Crisis in Our Ocean

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Dress For Success: How You Can Help Solve the Plastic Pollution Crisis in Our Ocean

Source: The TerraMar Project - May 9, 2017

We see it in the news all the time: the oceans are drowning in plastic.
There are plastic bags and plastic rings, plastic straws and more…

A Curse of Durability: Plastics in Our World’s Oceans

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A Curse of Durability: Plastics in Our World’s Oceans

Source: Phys.org/ Max Planck Society/Friedrich Widdel - May 9, 2017

Plastic is an indispensable part of everyday life. Bottles, bags, packaging and technical molded parts made of plastic are lightweight and resistant to water and more…