Plastic Pollution

Photo: Manan Vastsyayana Photo: Manan Vastsyayana

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

View Pollution Gallery

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

Kenya: Marine debris threaten to suffocate sea animals

Inform, Pollution
Jan
29

Marine researchers spotted a dolphin suffocating in a plastic bag last week in Watamu, Kenya. The incident, the first to be witnessed there, has raised concern on the safety of the millions of sea animals in the Indian Ocean waters due to the increased cases of plastic waste.

Comments Off on Kenya: Marine debris threaten to suffocate sea animals

Plastic you can drink: A solution for pollution?

News, Pollution
Jan
25

Entrepreneurs from Bali, studied the emerging field of bioplastics and devised their own recipe using cassava starch, vegetable oil, and organic resins. The resulting “100% bio-based” material was biodegradable and compostable, breaking down over a period of months on land or at sea, or instantly in hot water.

Comments Off on Plastic you can drink: A solution for pollution?

Christmas Revelers Leave 15 Tons of Trash on Australian Beach

News, Pollution
Jan
3

Coogee beach – a popular destination in the Sydney suburb for backpackers on Christmas Day – was left strewn with a reported 15 tonnes of garbage by an estimated 10,000 resellers…

Comments Off on Christmas Revelers Leave 15 Tons of Trash on Australian Beach

New UN report finds marine debris harming more than 800 species, costing countries millions

News, Pollution
Dec
29

Marine debris is negatively affecting more than 800 animal species and causing serious losses to many countries’ economies, according to a United Nations report launched December 5th, 2016.

Comments Off on New UN report finds marine debris harming more than 800 species, costing countries millions

Researchers estimate 10,000 metric tons of plastic enter Great Lakes every year

News, Pollution
Dec
22

A new study that inventories and tracks high concentrations of plastic in the Great Lakes could help inform cleanup efforts and target pollution prevention. Researchers found that nearly 10,000 metric tons — or 22 million pounds — of plastic debris enter the Great Lakes every year from the United States and Canada.

Comments Off on Researchers estimate 10,000 metric tons of plastic enter Great Lakes every year

Exxon Mobil oil spill hits communities in southeast Nigeria

News, Pollution
Dec
21

An oil spill from Exxon Mobil Corp facilities in southeast Nigeria’s Akwa Ibom state has hit local communities, affecting farming, fishing and drinking water.

Comments Off on Exxon Mobil oil spill hits communities in southeast Nigeria

Age-Old Problem: River in Jordan Polluted by Copper 7,000 Years Ago

Inform, Pollution
Dec
13

The first river polluted by humanity may have been discovered in the Wadi Faynan region of southern Jordan, contaminated by copper about 7,000 years ago, a new study finds.

Comments Off on Age-Old Problem: River in Jordan Polluted by Copper 7,000 Years Ago

‘This is a 4-alarm fire’: Environmentalists to campaign against Trump’s EPA pick

News, Pollution
Dec
8

Environmental advocates say they are shocked and worried after Donald Trump announced Thursday that he had selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who has denied mainstream climate science, to administer his Environmental Protection Agency.

Comments Off on ‘This is a 4-alarm fire’: Environmentalists to campaign against Trump’s EPA pick

All Human-Made Objects on Earth Amount to 30 Trillion Tons

Scientists recently discovered that all objects on Earth created by people adds up to an astoundingly large figure. All of these objects are collectively known as Earth’s “technosphere.” Distributed evenly over the planet’s surface, the technosphere would translate into about 110 pounds (50 kilograms) for every 11 square feet (1 square meter).

Comments Off on All Human-Made Objects on Earth Amount to 30 Trillion Tons


Recent / Pollution

Age-Old Problem: River in Jordan Polluted by Copper 7,000 Years Ago

December 13th, 2016

The first river polluted by humanity may have been discovered in the Wadi Faynan region of southern Jordan, contaminated by copper about 7,000 years ago, a new study finds.

Read More

‘This is a 4-alarm fire’: Environmentalists to campaign against Trump’s EPA pick

December 8th, 2016

Environmental advocates say they are shocked and worried after Donald Trump announced Thursday that he had selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who has denied mainstream climate science, to administer his Environmental Protection Agency.

Read More

All Human-Made Objects on Earth Amount to 30 Trillion Tons

December 5th, 2016

Scientists recently discovered that all objects on Earth created by people adds up to an astoundingly large figure. All of these objects are collectively known as Earth’s “technosphere.” Distributed evenly over the planet’s surface, the technosphere would translate into about 110 pounds (50 kilograms) for every 11 square feet (1 square meter).

Read More

The victory at Standing Rock could mark a turning point

December 4th, 2016

The defeat of an energy company by indigenous activists shows what nonviolent unity can accomplish. There are lessons here as we enter a challenging new age.

Read More

Princess Cruises Hit With Largest-Ever Criminal Penalty For ‘Deliberate Pollution’

December 2nd, 2016

The California-based cruise operator, Princess Cruise Lines, will pay a $40 million fine for “deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up,” according to the Department of Justice, which calls it “the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel pollution.”

Read More

Plastic Island: How our throwaway culture is turning paradise into a graveyard

December 1st, 2016

The distance from humanity yawns out in front of you when you stand on the pale sands of this tiny Pacific island. Midway Atoll is just about the furthest piece of land from civilization and its constant engine whir, data and jostle. Standing on the island’s remote shoreline brings a calm and humility — until you look down at your feet.

Read More

UN maritime agency to limit carbon emissions from international shipping

November 4th, 2016

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki called on International Maritime Organization (IMO) members, in partnership with the maritime industry, to promote further progress on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from ships to contribute to the objective of the Paris Agreement on climate change, which enters into force on 4 November 2016…

Read More

Beach asphalt removal project underway; Gulf Islands National Seashore

October 28th, 2016

The goal of the $10.85 million project, which began earlier in October, is to clean decades of debris from blacktopped roads and parking lots eroded by tropical storms and hurricanes. This work to remove small asphalt chunks from miles of gleaming white beachfront is expected to take years.

Read More

Maersk in hot water for sending ships to notorious scrapping beaches

October 17th, 2016

While outwardly against the procedure, 14 ships of the Danish oil and shipping company Maersk, were being broken up on open beaches in India and Bangladesh.

Read More

The EU’s effect on Blackpool’s beaches – before and after pictures

October 17th, 2016

As Brexit puts the future of EU laws protecting the environment in doubt, Greenpeace sent photographer Vanessa Miles to Blackpool to recreate a series of images she took in 1990 when just one in five UK beaches met bathing guidelines.

Read More