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Japan wraps everything in plastic. Now it wants to fight against plastic pollution.

News, Pollution
Jun
18

Japan’s obsession with hygiene combined with its pride in “omotenashi,” or customer service, dictates that everything is meticulously wrapped, rewrapped and bagged in multiple layers of plastic.

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Where does your plastic go? Global investigation reveals America’s dirty secret

News, Pollution
Jun
17

A Guardian report from 11 countries tracks how US waste makes its way across the world – and overwhelms the poorest nations.

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Greenland lost 2 billion tons of ice this week, which is very unusual

Over 40% of Greenland experienced melting Thursday, with total ice loss estimated to be more than 2 gigatons (equal to 2 billion tons) on just that day alone.

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Renewable Energy Capacity Now Exceeds Coal in U.S.

Renewable energy now generates more electricity in the United States than coal. Solar, wind, hydropower, biomass, and geothermal totaled 21.56 percent of U.S. generating capacity, according to a report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

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Canada Plans to Ban Single-Use Plastics, Joining Growing Global Movement

News, Pollution
Jun
10

Canada on Monday joined a growing global movement with a plan to ban single-use plastics blighting the environment.

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Near-record ‘dead zone’ predicted in Gulf of Mexico

Scientists are predicting a near-record Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” where the water holds too little oxygen to sustain marine life.

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Line in Sand Appears at Rosewood Miramar Beach, and Locals Aren’t Happy About It

News, Pollution
Jun
9

Coastal access is a hot-button issue in California, whether it’s Miramar Beach, Goleta Beach County Park or Hollister Ranch. The California Coastal Act states that beaches and the sand below the mean high tide line are open to the public, even if people own private property along the beach. Not everyone knows that — or is willing to abide by the law.

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Microplastics Have Invaded The Deep Ocean — And The Food Chain

News, Pollution
Jun
7

The largest habitat for life on Earth is the deep ocean. It’s home to everything from jellyfish to giant bluefin tuna. But the deep ocean is being invaded by tiny pieces of plastic — plastic that people thought was mostly floating at the surface, and in amounts they never imagined.

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Microplastic throughout Monterey Bay

News, Pollution
Jun
6

A new study shows that microplastic particles are not only common from the surface to the seafloor, but they’re also being eaten by animals and incorporated into marine food webs. The most abundant types of plastic found in the water samples match those commonly used in consumer products. Most plastic waste comes from land, although it may travel far on ocean currents.

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