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

Great Pacific garbage patch: giant plastic trap put to sea again

News, Pollution
Jun
23

Floating boom is designed to trap 1.8tn items of plastic without harming marine life – but broke apart last time

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Asian countries take a stand against the rich world’s plastic waste

News, Pollution
Jun
18

Amid a growing global movement against non-recyclable plastic, Vietnam and Thailand have said they will block all imported plastic waste in the next few years. Taiwan announced it would only accept plastic scrap if sorted into a single type, making it easier to recycle.

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Japan wraps everything in plastic. Now it wants to fight against plastic pollution.

News, Pollution
Jun
18

Japan’s obsession with hygiene combined with its pride in “omotenashi,” or customer service, dictates that everything is meticulously wrapped, rewrapped and bagged in multiple layers of plastic.

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Where does your plastic go? Global investigation reveals America’s dirty secret

News, Pollution
Jun
17

A Guardian report from 11 countries tracks how US waste makes its way across the world – and overwhelms the poorest nations.

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Venice becomes the front line in the battle against overtourism

Inform, Pollution
Jun
16

Many Venetians believe that everyone should have a chance to experience the beauty of their city, but say that a constant swell of tourists is ruining the experience for everyone. Cruise ships have caused significant environmental damage to the city’s waterways and lagoons — sometimes colliding with other vessels.

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War on plastic, a BBC Video

Inform, Pollution
Jun
13

Every minute of every day the equivalent of a garbage truck full of plastic is emptied into the world’s oceans. In this new three-part series, BBC reporters explore where this gigantic problem is coming from, and what we can all do to try and solve it.

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Canada Plans to Ban Single-Use Plastics, Joining Growing Global Movement

News, Pollution
Jun
10

Canada on Monday joined a growing global movement with a plan to ban single-use plastics blighting the environment.

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Teens swimmers did a synchronized routine in a pool full of plastic

Inform, Pollution
Jun
10

Teens synchronised swimmers performed their World Championship routine in a pool full of plastic. Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thrope struggled through thousands of items of floating plastic. This thought-provoking routine aimed to highlight the threat of plastic to the Earth’s oceans and the consequences future generations face unless something is done.

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Line in Sand Appears at Rosewood Miramar Beach, and Locals Aren’t Happy About It

News, Pollution
Jun
9

Coastal access is a hot-button issue in California, whether it’s Miramar Beach, Goleta Beach County Park or Hollister Ranch. The California Coastal Act states that beaches and the sand below the mean high tide line are open to the public, even if people own private property along the beach. Not everyone knows that — or is willing to abide by the law.

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Recent / Pollution

Asian countries take a stand against the rich world’s plastic waste

June 18th, 2019

Amid a growing global movement against non-recyclable plastic, Vietnam and Thailand have said they will block all imported plastic waste in the next few years. Taiwan announced it would only accept plastic scrap if sorted into a single type, making it easier to recycle.

Read More

Japan wraps everything in plastic. Now it wants to fight against plastic pollution.

June 18th, 2019

Japan’s obsession with hygiene combined with its pride in “omotenashi,” or customer service, dictates that everything is meticulously wrapped, rewrapped and bagged in multiple layers of plastic.

Read More

Where does your plastic go? Global investigation reveals America’s dirty secret

June 17th, 2019

A Guardian report from 11 countries tracks how US waste makes its way across the world – and overwhelms the poorest nations.

Read More

Venice becomes the front line in the battle against overtourism

June 16th, 2019

Many Venetians believe that everyone should have a chance to experience the beauty of their city, but say that a constant swell of tourists is ruining the experience for everyone. Cruise ships have caused significant environmental damage to the city’s waterways and lagoons — sometimes colliding with other vessels.

Read More

War on plastic, a BBC Video

June 13th, 2019

Every minute of every day the equivalent of a garbage truck full of plastic is emptied into the world’s oceans. In this new three-part series, BBC reporters explore where this gigantic problem is coming from, and what we can all do to try and solve it.

Read More

Canada Plans to Ban Single-Use Plastics, Joining Growing Global Movement

June 10th, 2019

Canada on Monday joined a growing global movement with a plan to ban single-use plastics blighting the environment.

Read More

Teens swimmers did a synchronized routine in a pool full of plastic

June 10th, 2019

Teens synchronised swimmers performed their World Championship routine in a pool full of plastic. Kate Shortman and Isabelle Thrope struggled through thousands of items of floating plastic. This thought-provoking routine aimed to highlight the threat of plastic to the Earth’s oceans and the consequences future generations face unless something is done.

Read More

Line in Sand Appears at Rosewood Miramar Beach, and Locals Aren’t Happy About It

June 9th, 2019

Coastal access is a hot-button issue in California, whether it’s Miramar Beach, Goleta Beach County Park or Hollister Ranch. The California Coastal Act states that beaches and the sand below the mean high tide line are open to the public, even if people own private property along the beach. Not everyone knows that — or is willing to abide by the law.

Read More

Microplastics Have Invaded The Deep Ocean — And The Food Chain

June 7th, 2019

The largest habitat for life on Earth is the deep ocean. It’s home to everything from jellyfish to giant bluefin tuna. But the deep ocean is being invaded by tiny pieces of plastic — plastic that people thought was mostly floating at the surface, and in amounts they never imagined.

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Microplastic throughout Monterey Bay

June 6th, 2019

A new study shows that microplastic particles are not only common from the surface to the seafloor, but they’re also being eaten by animals and incorporated into marine food webs. The most abundant types of plastic found in the water samples match those commonly used in consumer products. Most plastic waste comes from land, although it may travel far on ocean currents.

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