Great Barrier Reef Corals Eat Plastic

Posted In News, Pollution
Feb
27

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“The unprecedented plastic waste tide plaguing our oceans and shores, can become as limited as our chosen relationship with plastics, which involves a dramatic behavioral change on our part…”
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Researchers in Australia have found that corals commonly found on the Great Barrier Reef will eat micro-plastic pollution. Microplastics are tiny fragments of plastic in the environment and are a widespread contaminant in marine ecosystems, particularly in inshore coral reefs…

Read Full Article, Science Daily

Global Impact of Debris on Marine Life Studied, Science Daily (02-19-2015)

The Plastic Found In a Single Turtle’s Stomach, Independent UK (Uploaded 03-24-2011)

Death by Plastic: Is Ocean Plastic Garbage Killing Whales?, Independent UK
From the coasts of California to Adriatic, Tasmania or Normandy, millions of tonnes of plastic debris dumped each year in the world’s oceans, could pose a lethal threat to whales, according to a scientific assessment to be presented at the International Whaling Commission this week. Ingestion of plastic refuse is emerging as a serious cause of disability and death for the large ocean-dwelling mammals…

Toxins From Plastic Pollution Impacting Health Of Seabirds, ABC News Australia (09-25-2014)

One-third of fish caught in Channel have plastic contamination, study shows, Guardian UK (01-30-2013)

Midway Journey II, An Environmental Tragedy Depicted
Five media artists, led by photographer Chris Jordan, traveled to Midway Atoll to witness the catastrophic effect of our disposable culture on some of the world’s most beautiful and symbolic creatures. But even more, they embarked on an introspective journey to confront a vitally relevant question: In this time of unprecedented global crisis, how can we move through grief, denial, despair and immobility into new territories of acceptance, possibility, and wise action?

Here’s How Much Plastic Ends Up In the World’s Oceans, The Time (02-13-2015)
Every year, 8 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans, it’s equivalent to five grocery bags filled with plastic for every foot of coastline…

Ocean Plastic is Likely Disappearing Into the Food Chain, New Study Indicates, Guardian UK (02-13-2015)

Plastic Pollution / When The Mermaids Cry: The Great Plastic Tide, Coastal Care

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