The mission of the Santa Aguila Foundation is to raise awareness of and mobilize people against the ongoing decimation of coastlines and oceans around the world.

Category: Pollution

7,000 gallons of sewage from San Onofre nuclear plant spills a mile into the ocean

7,000 gallons of sewage from San Onofre nuclear plant spills a mile into the ocean

Officials at Southern California Edison, the plant’s operator, said the sewage amounted to a “non-radiological release” that entered the ocean through a conduit from Unit 2 at the facility.

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Underwater avalanches are trapping microplastics in the deep ocean

Underwater avalanches are trapping microplastics in the deep ocean

A collaborative research project between the Universities of Manchester, Utrecht, and Durham, and the National Oceanography Centre has revealed for the first time how submarine sediment avalanches can transport microplastics from land into the deep ocean.

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Venice: wildlife returns to tourist-free city

Venice: wildlife returns to tourist-free city

Under Venice’s strict rules of self-confinement to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the ancient city has been transformed almost overnight. With the cruise ships gone and the souvenir stalls closed, the sanitary emergency lockdown has transformed La Serenissima’s hundreds of canals and waterways.

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Breaking bad: uncovering the oil industry’s dirty secret

Breaking bad: uncovering the oil industry’s dirty secret

Alang is a graveyard for ships. Its coastline was once filled with fishing boats — but today the rusting hulks of oil tankers and ocean liners stretch for miles along the shores of this town in north west India.

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Cars that eat paradise

Cars that eat paradise

While known for pristine beaches and blue skies, Pacific Islands are also polluted with thousands of man-made monuments: rusting cars, trucks and other wreckage.

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A plasticene lexicon

A plasticene lexicon

As plastic pollution in the environment has increased rapidly in the last half century, so too has the study of the effects of plastic on marine, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. From this research, a series of new terms has emerged to describe the phenomena unique to the presence of plastic-based materials in nature.

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New European rules aim to end throwaway culture

New European rules aim to end throwaway culture

The European Commission has announced a plan to require manufacturers to make products that last longer and are easier to repair and reuse — an attempt to curb the “throwaway culture” that has fueled greenhouse gas emissions, resource extraction, and pollution. The new rules would take effect by 2021.

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Discarded single-use face masks clutter Hong Kong’s beaches

Discarded single-use face masks clutter Hong Kong’s beaches

Discarded face masks are piling up on Hong Kong’s beaches and nature trails, with environmental groups warning that the waste is posing a huge threat to marine life and wildlife habitats.

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Planet Plastic: How Big Oil and big soda kept a global environmental calamity a secret for decades

Planet Plastic: How Big Oil and big soda kept a global environmental calamity a secret for decades

Every human on Earth is ingesting nearly 2,000 particles of plastic a week. These tiny pieces enter our unwitting bodies from tap water, food, and even the air.

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