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

Environmental and Health Hazards of Chemicals in Plastic Polymers, A Swedish Study

Chris Jordan Photography
News, Pollution
May
16

Many plastic products contain hazardous chemicals that can leach to the surroundings. In studies conducted at the University of Gothenburg, a third of the tested plastic products released toxic substances.

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Iran expert alarmed by critical Caspian Sea pollution

News, Pollution
May
13

Exploitation of oil fields and traffic of large oil tankers dumps 122,350 tonnes of potentially cancerous oil pollutants into the world’s largest inland sea annually.

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Marine Lab Research Tracks Pollutants in Dolphins and Beluga Whales

News, Pollution
May
13

Bottlenose dolphins and beluga whales, accumulate more chemical pollutants in their bodies when they live and feed in waters near urbanized areas.

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Renewables key for climate, world energy supply: IPCC

Renewable energy could meet nearly 80 percent of the world’s energy needs by mid-century and play a crucial role in fighting global warming, the UN’s climate scientists said Monday in a major report.

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While Energy Policy Falters, Plastic Bag Laws Multiply

Pollution
May
7

In the past decade, bans and taxes designed to reduce or eliminate bag consumption have swept the world. Certainly, the plastic industry continues to challenge these measures, strongly debating the environmental and energy benefits.

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Marine Plastic Pollution in the South Pacific: The 5 Gyres Institute Reports

News, Pollution
May
7

Pioneering researchers with the 5 Gyres Institute, have completed their fifth expedition through all five subtropical gyres, through the South Pacific Gyre, covering 2,300 miles, beginning in Valdivia, Chile and ending on Easter Island.

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Fishing for plastic: A European Plan to Save our Coasts and Seas

Pollution
May
6

An EU plan to pay fishermen to catch plastic will help save waters from waste while providing fleets with alternative income.

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Slow clean up for Argentina’s worst environmental stain

News, Pollution
May
3

The Matanza river, also known as Riachuelo or little river, defines the southern boundary of Buenos Aires and according to a number of studies it is one of the most polluted places in the world. The area has become a dumping ground for industrial, chemical and household waste.

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Shell to submit Arctic offshore drilling plan

News, Pollution
May
2

Shell Oil will apply to drill 10 wells off Alaska’s Arctic shore over the next two years under an exploration plan headed to federal authorities.

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Recent / Pollution

Corporations Won’t Self-Regulate

June 9th, 2010

The question haunting everyone is: how was this allowed to happen?

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Plastiki: Restocking in Samoa

June 9th, 2010

The Plastiki expedition’s goal is to spread the word about the rapid growth of non-recyclable plastics across the planet, and how pervasive the problem of plastic waste has become.

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In the belly of the whale

June 3rd, 2010

A snapshot of the trash that’s ending up in our oceans.

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Gravel beaches trapping oil from 1989 Exxon spill

May 29th, 2010

An engineering professor has figured out why oil remains trapped along miles of gravel beaches more than 20 years after the Exxon Valdez tanker disaster in Prince William Sound.

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Take punitive action against BP now

May 27th, 2010

It’s interesting how many people have swallowed the BP public relations’ bait to call the explosion from Deepwater Horizon oil rig the Gulf oil spill. We need to call it what it is: the BP oil spill.

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Microbial Answer to Plastic Pollution?

April 29th, 2010

Fragments of plastic in the ocean are not just unsightly but potentially lethal to marine life. Coastal microbes may offer a smart solution to clean up plastic contamination.

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Plastic Pollution

November 11th, 2009

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 pollution spectacle blatantly unveiling on our beaches is only the prelude of the greater story that unfolded further away in the world’s oceans, yet mostly originating from where we stand: the land.

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Ocean Pollution and Ocean Polluters

Sea Garbarge Disposal

October 22nd, 2009

Did you know that it’s legal to dump trash in the ocean? Yes, there are limitations for what you can and cannot dump.

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Wave of Toxic Green Beaches, France; By Sharlene Pilkey

Saint-Michel-en-Greve, Brittany, France

October 1st, 2009

With beaches and coastlines all over the world already under attack from sea level rise, pollution, mining, driving, seawall construction and human development encroachment, another menace is mounting an assault.

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Oil spills on the worlds beaches and in the worlds oceans

May 24th, 2009

Beaches and river shorelines all over the world are at risk from oil spills.

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