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From paradise to landfill: beloved California beach covered in trash

News, Pollution
Feb
8

After a trio of winter storms dropped inches of rain on the area, the beach looked more like a landfill than a pristine paradise. That’s because Seal Beach lies at the mouth of the San Gabriel river, which drains runoff from more than 50 cities in the Los Angeles river basin.

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Mussels lose grip when exposed to microplastics – study

Researchers say effects will be felt beyond molluscs as reefs shelter other marine life

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Marine Litter: Solutions for a Major Environmental Problem; By Williams, A.T. and Rangel-Buitrago

A current major environmental problem is that marine litter is being deposited in increasing amounts on the world’s beaches and oceans. This is especially true for plastics, which form the bulk of the litter and which can last for an unknown number of years in the oceans.

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Bali Proposes a Tourist Tax to Clean Up Plastic Pollution

News, Pollution
Jan
27

Bali is considering taxing foreign tourists to tackle the Indonesian island’s mounting plastic pollution problem. Bali receives about 6 million visitors annually, mostly from China and Australia.

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Microplastics and plastic additives discovered in ascidians all along Israel’s coastline

News, Pollution
Jan
5

A new study finds that microplastics — tiny pieces of plastic ingested by aquatic life — are present in solitary ascidians, sac-like marine invertebrate filter feeders, all along the Israeli coastline. The research also confirmed the presence of plastic additives, i.e. ‘plasticizers,’ in ascidians.

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Life without plastic: pioneer families show how it’s done

Inform, Pollution
Dec
30

As public anger grows over the environmental impact of single-use plastic, trying to live plastic-free and more sustainably has become a mainstream concept.

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Cleaning up the plastic in the ocean

News, Pollution
Dec
17

Discarded plastic is piling up around the world and pooling in the ocean. Sharyn Alfonsi reports on the problem’s deadly consequences for wildlife and what can be done to stop it

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Marine waste is turning the Earth into a plastic planet

News, Pollution
Nov
29

The Ocean Atlas published by the German Heinrich Boll Foundation, an independent international green think tank for policy reform and the University of Kiel’s Future Ocean Cluster of Excellence, lists the top 20 nations with the worst plastic waste mismanagement around the world.

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How plastic waste moves in the environment

News, Pollution
Nov
28

A researcher for the first time has modeled how microplastic fibers move through the environment. The work could someday help communities better understand and reduce plastics pollution, which is a growing problem around the world.

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