Plastic Pollution

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Unprecedented Plastic Pollution
When The Mermaids Cry: The Great Plastic Tide

By Claire Le Guern

The world population is living, working, vacationing, increasingly conglomerating along the coasts, and standing on the front row of the greatest, most unprecedented, plastic waste tide ever faced.

Washed out on our coasts in obvious and clearly visible form, the plastic debris spectacle blatantly unveiling on our beaches is only the prelude of the greater story that unfolded further away in the the world's oceans, yet mostly originating from where we stand: the land.

In 2008, our global plastic consumption worldwide has been estimated at 260 million tons. Plastic is versatile, lightweight, flexible, moisture resistant, strong, and relatively inexpensive. Those are the attractive qualities that lead us, around the world, to such a voracious appetite and over-consumption of plastic goods. However, durable and very slow to degrade, plastic materials that are used in the production of so many products all, ultimately, become waste with staying power. Our tremendous attraction to plastic, coupled with an undeniable behavioral propensity of increasingly over-consuming, discarding, littering and thus polluting, has become a combination of lethal nature. Read More


Oil Pollution

Treasure Island, Florida

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Oil spills on the worlds beaches and in the worlds oceans

By Linda Pilkey-Jarvis

Beaches and river shorelines all over the world are at risk from oil spills. Spills are most likely to occur while oil is transported or transferred between oil tankers, barges, pipelines, refineries, and distribution or storage facilities. Spills may also occur during natural disasters (such as hurricanes), or through deliberate acts by countries at war, sunken ships, vandals, or illegal dumpers. Read More


Trash Pollution

Ocean Pollution... and Ocean Polluters

By Bekah Barlow

Did you know that it's legal to dump trash in the ocean? Yes, there are limitations for what you can and cannot dump. But it is perfectly acceptable to dump your raw sewage, paper, rags, glass, metal, bottles, or similar refuse, as long as you are at least 12 miles away from the nearest shoreline. It is not permissible to dump plastics anywhere. Read More


Surfing in / Pollution

Scientists calculate impact of China’s ban on plastic waste imports

News, Pollution
Jun
21

Scientists have calculated the potential global impact of China’s ban on plastic waste imports and how this policy might affect efforts to reduce the amount of plastic waste entering the world’s landfills and natural environment.

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Whale found In Thailand dies from eating over 80 plastic bags

Rescuers unsuccessfully tried to nurse the male pilot whale back to health. A necropsy revealed over 17 pounds of plastic, including more than 80 plastic bags, in the whale’s stomach.

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3 SoCal Beaches Among the Most Polluted in the State

News, Pollution
Jun
9

Three Southern California beaches are among the 10 most polluted in the state.

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Magical Images Reveal the Beauty and Raw Power of the Ocean

On World Oceans Day, pictures celebrate the magic of the ocean. This photographer lives by the tides, the swell, and the wind–championing the natural wonder of our world’s oceans.

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World Oceans Day: 8 things you can do to make a difference

News, Pollution
Jun
8

The barrage of threats facing our oceans today might seem like an overwhelming tsunami of problems. But there’s hope, according to experts and activists, who say there are a slew of steps you can take to help make a difference.

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World Oceans Day 2018: the battle against single-use plastic

News, Pollution
Jun
8

From Paris to Hong Kong, and Quito to Malé, on June 8, 2018, people around the world are celebrating World Oceans Day…

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Beach Report Card 2017-18: Banner Year for Water Quality

News, Pollution
Jun
7

Heal the Bay today, released their 28th annual Beach Report Card, which assigns yearly A-to-F water-quality grades for more than 400 beaches along the California shoreline, based on levels of harmful bacteria.

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India vows to ban all single-use plastics by 2022

News, Pollution
Jun
6

India has vowed to ban all single-use plastics by 2022, according to the U.N.’s environmental agency, which called it an “unprecedented ambitious move against disposable plastic…”

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The planet is on edge of a global plastic calamity

We urgently need consumers, business and governments to cut consumption of single-use, throwaway plastics, writes the UN Environment chief

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Recent / Pollution

How India’s Fishermen Turn Ocean Plastic Into Roads

June 3rd, 2018

In an innovative project, fishermen in Kerala collect ocean plastic for recycling, cleaning the ocean in the process.

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Plastic pollution: ‘Scourge’ of debris on UK beaches tackled

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June 2nd, 2018

More than 400 beaches around England will be checked weekly in a bid to tackle the “scourge” of discarded plastic, the Environment Agency (EA) has said.

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You Can Help Turn the Tide on Plastic. Here’s How.

May 27th, 2018

Do these six pain-free things, and you’ll help reduce the impact plastic is having on oceans and other waterways around the world.

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New York city to consider banning plastic straws

May 25th, 2018

If the bill becomes law, restaurants that continue to use plastic straws would be warned, then face fines between $100 and $400.

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Fukushima radioactive particle release was significant, says new research

May 25th, 2018

Scientists say there was a significant release of radioactive particles during the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident. The researchers identified the contamination using a new method and say if the particles are inhaled they could pose long-term health risks to humans.

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Review of biodegradable bags shows not enough is known to judge if they are safe for environment

May 23rd, 2018

A team of researchers from the U.K. Austria and France has found that not enough work has been done to determine if biodegradable shopping bags are actually environmentally friendly.

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Microplastics most abundant in the surface sediments

May 23rd, 2018

Microplastics were found at all 16 sites studied in Baynes Sound and Lambert Channel, British Columbia, and were most abundant in the sediments of Henry Bay and Metcalfe Bay, according to a new study, that identified three main types: microfibers, microbeads and micro fragments.

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Could sunscreen be destroying our coral reefs? Hawaii lawmakers say yes

May 2nd, 2018

Hawaii is set to become the first state to ban the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone or octinoxate, two chemicals believed to be harmful to the environment.

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Sunlight Reduces Effectiveness of Dispersants Used in Oil Spills

April 29th, 2018

Two new studies have shown that sunlight transforms oil on the ocean surface more significantly and quickly than previously thought. The phenomenon considerably limits the effectiveness of chemical dispersants, which are during oil spills to break up floating oil and reduce the amount of oil that reaches coastlines.

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County Starts Dumping-Related Clean-up Work at Goleta, Carpinteria Beaches; CA

April 26th, 2018

Two months after trucks stopped dumping loads of Montecito mud onto the shore at Goleta Beach County Park, the ocean waters remain closed because testing shows bacteria levels significantly exceed standards.

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