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

9 Surprising Diseases You Can Catch at the Beach

Blog, Pollution

While oiled beaches are making the most headlines this summer, there are numerous other contamination that can be found at the beach.


Where Has All the Plastic Gone?

News, Pollution

Plastic marine pollution is a significant environmental concern, and oceanographers have quantified trends in one of these “plastic soups” for the first time. They’ve come to surprising conclusion, raising concerns that marine animals could be poisoned by toxic chemicals carried by the plastic.

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New plastic garbage patch discovered in Indian Ocean

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This Indian Ocean garbage patch discovery means there are now three confirmed ocean zones of plastic pollution.


BP Oil spill: officially the worst disaster off a U.S. coast

As BP prepares to seal the well for good, officials say it spewed more than 200 million gallons, by far the worst such disaster off a U.S. coast.

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E.P.A : It Was Wise to Use Oil Dispersant

Many scientists expressed grave concerns about the unprecedented aerial spraying of chemical dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico region.

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Midway Atoll, Northwestern End Of The Hawaiian Archipelago; By Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan Photography

Message from the Gyre is an image by Chris Jordan, from the Midway Series.

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China alleges: ocean cleared of oil 10 days after spill

News, Pollution

But beaches along Dalian’s long shoreline remain closed indefinitely, with oil covering rocks and pebbles on the sand.

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Plastiki: a journey from plastic trash to triumph

News, Pollution

Sailboat made using 12,500 recycled plastic bottles reaches Sydney, Australia, after four-month voyage to highlight recycling and marine plastic pollution.

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Exploring Algae as Fuel

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Many academic laboratories, are pursuing the same goal, to produce algae as a source of, literally, green energy.

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