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

10,000 Pounds of Ocean Plastic Is Turned Into a Leaping 38-Foot-Tall Whale

News, Pollution
Jun
30

In response to the estimated 150 million tons of plastic trash currently in the ocean, Brooklyn-based architecture and design firm StudioKCA has created an incredible installation for the Bruges Triennial. Skyscraper (the Bruges Whale) is a 38-foot-tall whale fabricated from 5 tons of plastic waste found from the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans.

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China just handed the World a 111-million-ton trash problem

News, Pollution
Jun
25

The world’s biggest waste importer is no longer buying. So where’s all that trash going to go?

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Beachgoers Beware? 5 Pathogens That Lurk In Sand

Inform, Pollution
Jun
23

Although most microbes in the sand are harmless, some are linked with disease. Here are five types of pathogens found in sand.

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13 of the dirtiest beaches in the world

News, Pollution
Jun
22

Wide scale pollution has turned some of the world’s most beautiful beaches into trash heaps.

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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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Recent / Pollution

13 of the dirtiest beaches in the world

June 22nd, 2018

Wide scale pollution has turned some of the world’s most beautiful beaches into trash heaps.

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

June 21st, 2018

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.

Read More

Whale found In Thailand dies from eating over 80 plastic bags

June 9th, 2018

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

June 9th, 2018

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

June 8th, 2018

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

June 8th, 2018

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

June 8th, 2018

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

June 7th, 2018

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

June 6th, 2018

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

June 5th, 2018

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

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