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It’s raining plastic: microscopic fibers fall from the sky in Rocky Mountains

News, Pollution
Aug
14

Discovery raises new questions about the amount of plastic waste permeating the air, water, and soil virtually everywhere on Earth

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More than half of U.S. beaches have fecal bacteria, environmentalists say

News, Pollution
Aug
9

Half the beaches in the U.S. have at least one day per summer season in which it’s not safe to swim because of elevated bacteria levels in the water, according to new report.

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Disposable plastic water bottles banned from San Francisco airport

News, Pollution
Aug
8

In an effort to make SFO more environmentally friendly, the airport is adding plastic water bottles to its list of restricted food service items starting August 20. The airport, just south of San Francisco, set a goal three years ago of becoming the world’s first zero-waste airport by 2021.

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Sand stolen by tourists returned to Sardinian beaches

Local authorities and environmental experts have teamed up with Olbia Airport to return sand, pebbles and shells confiscated from travellers’ luggage to beaches on Sardinia’s famed ‘Emerald Coast’.

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Rockweed Rescue

UC Santa Barbara marine scientists to restore rocky intertidal seaweed to boost coastal biodiversity.

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Sea cliff collapse in California kills 3 beachgoers

Erosion, News
Aug
3

A popular surfing beach was closed Saturday after a cliff collapsed, sending tons of sandstone onto beachgoers and killing three people. A 30-foot-long slab of the cliff plunged onto the sand near Grandview Beach north of San Diego.

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This Irish teenager may have a solution for a plastic-free ocean

News, Pollution
Aug
2

A teenager from Ireland may have found a way to rescue our oceans from the growing plastic pollution problem.

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Non-lethal impacts of seabirds’ plastic ingestion

News, Pollution
Jul
30

A new study of seabirds that had ingested plastic debris has revealed a range of non-lethal impacts on their health and physiology. While seabird deaths due to swallowing plastic debris or becoming entangled in it have received global attention, the non-lethal effects on seabirds that survive plastic ingestion are less well-known.

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Energy from seawater

A new battery made from affordable and durable materials generates energy from places where salt and fresh waters mingle. The technology could make coastal wastewater treatment plants energy-independent and carbon neutral.

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