Plastic Pollution

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Unprecedented Plastic Pollution
When The Mermaids Cry: The Great Plastic Tide

By Claire Le Guern Lytle

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

The Remote Paradise with a Plastic Problem

Inform, Pollution
Jul
24

In the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, far from the urban, developed world, there is a small, lush, green island with white sand beaches. However, this uninhabited, remote corner of the tropics—Henderson Island—also has a trash problem.

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More than 8. 3 billion tons of plastics made: Most has now been discarded

News, Pollution
Jul
20

Humans have created 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since large-scale production of the synthetic materials began in the early 1950s, and most of it now resides in landfills or the natural environment, according to a study.

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From Myanmar to Mumbai: your images of plastic waste around the world

News, Pollution
Jul
16

Readers document the rising environmental crisis of plastic waste, as the planet struggles to cope with a million plastic bottles being sold every minute…

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Indigenous Artists Turn Ghost Nets — Which Destroy Australia’s Ocean Life — Into Artwork

News, Pollution
Jul
7

Ghost nets — the name given to abandoned or discarded fishing nets — are dangerous traps for marine life and are a particular problem on Australia’s far north coast. But one group, GhostNets Australia, is dedicated to removing the nets and cleaning up the ocean. And a group of indigenous artists are turning those nets into powerful works of art.

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Unique coral reef at risk as oil companies plan to drill near Amazon river mouth

Oil companies planning to drill near a vast coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon river have calculated that the unique ecosystem has a 30% chance of being affected in the event of an oil spill. The unique reef system astonished marine biologists when its existence was widely revealed last year, and is believed it could be the home for dozens of previously unknown species.

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Trump’s alarming environmental rollback: what’s been scrapped so far

Since January, the White House, Congress and EPA have engineered a dizzying reversal of regulations designed to protect the environment and public health.

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Ocean Oddities: Pacific’s Plastic Island

News, Pollution
Jun
10

Ever since people invented trash, the sea has served as our favorite dump.

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Business View: ‘No Good Reason For Drilling’

Every aspect of offshore drilling, from exploration to transporting the product from the drilling site, has implications for marine life and coastal communities.

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Toxic timebomb: why we must fight back against the world’s plague of plastic

Inform, Pollution
May
21

We must reduce our dependence on plastics, especially single-use items, and seek out alternative materials…

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Recent / Pollution

Indigenous Artists Turn Ghost Nets — Which Destroy Australia’s Ocean Life — Into Artwork

July 7th, 2017

Ghost nets — the name given to abandoned or discarded fishing nets — are dangerous traps for marine life and are a particular problem on Australia’s far north coast. But one group, GhostNets Australia, is dedicated to removing the nets and cleaning up the ocean. And a group of indigenous artists are turning those nets into powerful works of art.

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Unique coral reef at risk as oil companies plan to drill near Amazon river mouth

July 6th, 2017

Oil companies planning to drill near a vast coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon river have calculated that the unique ecosystem has a 30% chance of being affected in the event of an oil spill. The unique reef system astonished marine biologists when its existence was widely revealed last year, and is believed it could be the home for dozens of previously unknown species.

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Trump’s alarming environmental rollback: what’s been scrapped so far

July 5th, 2017

Since January, the White House, Congress and EPA have engineered a dizzying reversal of regulations designed to protect the environment and public health.

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Ocean Oddities: Pacific’s Plastic Island

June 10th, 2017

Ever since people invented trash, the sea has served as our favorite dump.

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Business View: ‘No Good Reason For Drilling’

May 31st, 2017

Every aspect of offshore drilling, from exploration to transporting the product from the drilling site, has implications for marine life and coastal communities.

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Toxic timebomb: why we must fight back against the world’s plague of plastic

May 21st, 2017

We must reduce our dependence on plastics, especially single-use items, and seek out alternative materials…

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Spain leads the world for quality beaches

May 20th, 2017

Spain safely holds onto its title as the country with the most blue-flag beaches in the world.

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Navy investigating disks of compressed trash littering Outer Banks beaches

May 17th, 2017

The disks are consistent with those made on ships to compress plastic waste for easy storage, said Ted Brown, a spokesman for the Navy’s Fleet Forces Command. Ships are not supposed to dump plastic into the ocean.

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No escaping ocean plastic: 37 million bits of litter on one of world’s remotest islands

May 16th, 2017

The beaches of one of the world’s most remote islands have been found to be polluted with the highest density of plastic debris reported anywhere on the planet, a new study shows.

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This Chic’s Beach resident wants you to have something back for keeping the beach clean

May 3rd, 2017

A couple, resident of Chesapeake Bay Beach (aka Chic’s beach), Virginia, launched Your Better Beach for the summer. Beachgoers can pick up plastic containers from participating businesses near Chic’s Beach, fill them up with glass and plastic found in the sand, and return full containers for discounts at the merchants.

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