Coastal Care

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Category: Pollution

It’s Official: There’s Plastic in All of the Subtropical Ocean Gyres

It’s Official: There’s Plastic in All of the Subtropical Ocean Gyres

Journalists and 5 Gyres Institute sail to the South to study plastic pollution in the South Pacific. Despite the lack of a theatrical spectacle, it’s still a surreal thing to see some of the results of the sampling.

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Flotsam From Japan’s Tsunami to be Carried by Currents and Pushed Onshore

Flotsam From Japan’s Tsunami to be Carried by Currents and Pushed Onshore

The biggest haul of floating debris will likely be carried by currents off of Japan toward Washington, Oregon and California, then turning toward Hawaii and back again toward Asia, unless wind and ocean currents eventually push some of the massive debris from Japan’s tsunami onto the shores of the U.S. West Coast, said Curt Ebbesmeyer, a Seattle oceanographer who has spent decades tracking flotsam.

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Papua New Guinea Coastal Mine Waste Dumping: The Ramu Mine Case

Papua New Guinea Coastal Mine Waste Dumping: The Ramu Mine Case

The dumping of mine tailings waste into the shallow coastal marine environment is currently before the National Court of Papua New Guinea, in a case that will have far-reaching implications. At stake are the pristine waters of the Bismarck Sea and the livelihoods of thousands of coastal inhabitants on one hand, and the future of mine waste disposal on the other.

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5th International Marine Debris Conference, in Hawaii

5th International Marine Debris Conference, in Hawaii

The conference brought together over 440 participants from 35 countries to discuss the most pressing issues surrounding plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways.

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Plant Poisons More Than 100 Villagers, Coastal Zhejiang Province China

Plant Poisons More Than 100 Villagers, Coastal Zhejiang Province China

A total of 139 villagers in a village near Taizhou city in coastal Zhejiang province have been found to have elevated lead levels in their blood, Xinhua cited the provincial health department as saying in a statement.

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The Plastic Found In a Single Turtle’s Stomach

The Plastic Found In a Single Turtle’s Stomach

This collection of hundreds of coloured, jagged shards could be a work of abstract art. But the objects in the photograph are the contents of the stomach of a sea turtle, found off the coast of Argentina, that lost its battle with plastic pollution.

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European Coastal Pollution Harms Ecosystems, Study Finds

European Coastal Pollution Harms Ecosystems, Study Finds

The bodies of harbour seals (Phoca vitulina), which live in estuaries or along coastlines where industrial activities take place, are highly contaminated. This is the result of a European study, involving Spanish participation, which warns of the danger to all the other species that share their ecosystem from ports throughout Europe, even in the Mediterranean.

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Shipwreck causes oil slick and threatens penguin colony on South Atlantic island

Shipwreck causes oil slick and threatens penguin colony on South Atlantic island

A vessel has grounded on Nightingale Island, part of the Tristan da Cunha UK overseas territory in the South Atlantic, causing an oil slick around the island which is home to nearly half the world’s population of northern rockhopper penguins. 1,500 tonnes of heavy crude oil from the MS Olivia, is leaking into the sea.

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Kenya Bans Plastic Bags

Kenya Bans Plastic Bags

In January, Kenya outlawed the manufacture and import of plastic bags for damaging the environment, effective in March.

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