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

Radiation Risk at Scots Beach Worse Than Thought, Says Report

News, Pollution
Oct
19

Highly radioactive material have been found on the popular Dalgety Bay beach, Scotland, giving great “cause for concern”, especially for children, exposed to radioactive pollution from the beach, a study by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) just revealed.

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The Teaspoon And The Bucket

News, Pollution
Oct
18

Now the Rena Cargo ship is set to join the wildlife fatalities her grounding has caused. But if she breaks and the remainder of that oil is released we will see four times the volume of oil already spilled. It must be remembered that what we can get to and remove, is only a part of what permeates the environment…

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Company pledges money for New Zealand oil cleanup

News, Pollution
Oct
18

The company that was chartering a cargo ship at the time it ran aground on a New Zealand reef and began spilling tons of oil offered 1 million New Zealand dollars ($800,000) Tuesday to help with the cleanup.

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Bioplastics : A Viable Future ?

News, Pollution
Oct
18

As millions of tons of petroleum-based plastic are consumed every year worldwide causing immense amounts of waste ultimately polluting beaches and oceans, bioplastic – biodegradable and not dependent on fossil resources- emerges as a viable replacement to petroleum-based plastics.

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Gulf algae bloom affects much of Texas Gulf Coast

News, Pollution
Oct
18

Historic drought conditions are fueling the largest algae bloom in more than a decade along the Texas Gulf Coast, killing fish, sparking warnings about beach conditions and making throats scratchy, researchers said.

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New CNOOC oil leak found in China’s Bohai Bay

News, Pollution
Oct
15

The latest in a series of offshore spills in the Bohai Bay that have raised an outcry among fishermen and environmentalists…

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EU Moves To ‘Green’ Its Farms In Radical Reform Bid

News, Pollution
Oct
13

The reforms would potentially lead to an agricultural U-turn, putting Europe’s 12 million farms on the road to “sustainable practices” after years of free for all.

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Oil-slick Ship At Risk Of Breaking Up: Release Of a New Tide Of Oil Feared

Fears grew Wednesday that the ship stuck on a New Zealand reef may break up and release a new tide of oil, as up to 300 tonnes of heavy fuel has leaked into the Bay of Plenty so far. Maritime New Zealand is considering issuing face masks to people living near beaches affected by oil from crippled cargo ship Rena.

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Oil spill: Stricken Ship’s Safety Issues Revealed

News, Pollution
Oct
11

Safety issues dogged the stricken container ship spewing oil into the Bay of Plenty as far back as July, it was revealed yesterday.

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Recent / Pollution

Iran oil spill hits Gulf coast

February 8th, 2011

An aging oil pipeline has ruptured in southern Iran, contaminating vast patches of the coast and farmland near the town of Deylam on the Gulf.

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Thousands of Dead Fish Wash Ashore Florida’s Beaches

February 8th, 2011

Now, in the latest unexplained mass animal death this year alone, thousands of fish have again washed up dead on Florida’s shores. This follows similar incidents where large schools of fish were found lifeless on beaches in Arkansas, Maryland and New Zealand in January.

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Midway Journey II, An Environmental Tragedy Depicted

February 7th, 2011

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?

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Pollutants Threaten Mexico’s Coast: Study

February 6th, 2011

Pharmaceuticals, pesticides, chemical run-off from highways and many other pollutants infiltrate the giant aquifer under Mexico’s “Riviera Maya” coast, a new study shows.

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Cyclone Adds to Barrier Reef’s Flood Woes

February 6th, 2011

Smashed coral fragments have already begun washing up on Australia northeastern’s beaches.

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Mercury in Bay Area: a Legacy of California Mining

January 25th, 2011

Mercury contamination, a worldwide environmental problem, has been called “public enemy No. 1” in California’s San Francisco Bay.

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Amnesty slams Shell over oil spills in Nigeria

January 25th, 2011

Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth have filed an official complaint against the firm Shell for shirking responsibility for oil spills in Nigeria and wreaking havoc on the environment. Environmentalists call the Niger Delta the global capital of oil pollution, but unlike the Gulf of Mexico, there are no underwater robots, flotillas of scientists or oil booms here.

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Tulum’s Dirty Beaches

January 25th, 2011

Lucy Gallagher of Mexiconservacion explains why some of Tulum’s beaches, Mexico, are so dirty.

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Carole Fisher’s Art Exhibit: “Sticks in The Minds”

January 21st, 2011

Nationally recognized artist Carole Fisher’s exhibit, “Sticks in the Mind: Alaska Oil Spill Project, 1989-2010,” opens today at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD). She has spent the last 21 years conducting an artistic investigation into the Exxon Valdez disaster, interviewing more than 50 people in the process.

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An Environmental Impact Statement: Abstraction of Destruction

January 16th, 2011

The vivid color photographs of J. Henry Fair lead an uneasy double life as potent records of environmental pollution and as ersatz evocations of abstract painting, a strange battle between medium and message, between harsh truths and trite, generic beauty. His subjects include environmental degradation perpetuated on a regular, usually daily basis. “Abstraction of Destruction” is an exhibition at the Gerald Peters Gallery.

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