Coastal Care

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Category: Pollution

The sun can help break down ocean plastic, but there’s a catch

The sun can help break down ocean plastic, but there’s a catch

A recent study found that when four different types of post-consumer microplastics collected from the waters of the North Pacific Gyre were placed under a solar simulator, they dissolved into organic carbon, then, for the most part, munched up by marine bacteria in the water, which then likely converting it to carbon dioxide.

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We’re recycling but garbage keeps piling up: What you may not know about the recycling industry

We’re recycling but garbage keeps piling up: What you may not know about the recycling industry

Recycling is a market-driven industry. But if there is no market for the recyclable goods, then those materials go to landfills.

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How the U.S. betrayed the Marshall Islands, kindling the next nuclear disaster

How the U.S. betrayed the Marshall Islands, kindling the next nuclear disaster

In the Marshall Islands, Runit Dome holds more than 3.1 million cubic feet — or 35 Olympic-sized swimming pools — of U.S.-produced radioactive soil and debris. Nowhere else has the United States saddled another country with so much of its nuclear waste, a product of its Cold War atomic testing program.

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He’s doing the ‘dirty work’ to keep plastic out of the ocean

He’s doing the ‘dirty work’ to keep plastic out of the ocean

Afroz Shah, a lawyer in Mumbai, hasn’t had a weekend off in four years. But he hasn’t spent this time writing briefs or preparing for court. His mission? Saving the world’s oceans from plastic pollution.

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Newly identified fish nurseries are choked with plastic

Newly identified fish nurseries are choked with plastic

A new study reveals that it’s not just adult sea animals that are getting a gullet full of plastic. Larval fish are inundated with plastic fragments in their nursery habitats and they’re eating those pieces along with their natural food sources

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Oil spill threatens vast areas of mangroves and coral reefs in Brazil

Oil spill threatens vast areas of mangroves and coral reefs in Brazil

Hundreds of kilometres of mangroves and coral reefs, as well as humpback whale breeding grounds, are under threat from an oil spill that has polluted more than 2,400km of Brazil’s north-eastern coast in the last two months.

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Microplastics “washing right out into the ocean,” marine biologists say

Microplastics “washing right out into the ocean,” marine biologists say

Signs of climate change are everywhere, but sometimes those signs are very hard to see. Tiny, nearly invisible pieces of plastic called microplastics are making their way through our ecosystem. The results could be devastating.

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Needles and other medical supplies just washed up on a California beach

Needles and other medical supplies just washed up on a California beach

Sections of Venice Beach in Los Angeles were blocked off Sunday after authorities discovered needles and other medical supplies had washed up on shore.

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The Ocean cleanups latest invention collects 110,000 pounds of trash from rivers each day

The Ocean cleanups latest invention collects 110,000 pounds of trash from rivers each day

Dubbed the Interceptor, this boat is designed to collect plastic trash as it floats down rivers and into the sea. The vessel is the latest project from The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch nonprofit organization helmed by eco-engineering Boyan Slat.

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