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Tag: Plastic Pollution

The plastics pipeline: a surge of new production is on the way

The plastics pipeline: a surge of new production is on the way

A world awash in plastic will soon see even more, as a host of new petrochemical plants — their ethane feedstock supplied by the fracking boom — come online. Major oil companies, facing the prospect of reduced demand for their fuels, are ramping up their plastics output.

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250,000 tons of plastic pellets known as nurdles pollute our oceans every year

250,000 tons of plastic pellets known as nurdles pollute our oceans every year

Trillions of small plastic pellets known as nurdles have been escaping from petrochemical plants into waterways and oceans for decades. Only lately has serious action been taken to figure out what can be done, including a monumental settlement in Texas.

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Meet the man who swam through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Meet the man who swam through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Ben Lecomte, a long-distance swimmer, swam the Great Pacific Garbage Patch from Hawaii to California to draw attention to plastic pollution. This is his Call to Earth.

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Why do ocean animals eat plastic?

Why do ocean animals eat plastic?

Why would an apex ocean predator eat gloves? Or rope? Or plastic cups? How does a whale end up with more than 200 pounds of waste in its stomach?

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Beached sperm whale found with 220 pounds of trash in his stomach

Beached sperm whale found with 220 pounds of trash in his stomach

A sperm whale that washed up on a beach was found with 220 pounds of plastic trash in his stomach. The whale beached itself and died on a northern Scottish island.

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Bacterial communities ‘hitchhiking’ on marine plastic trash

Bacterial communities ‘hitchhiking’ on marine plastic trash

Using an innovative microscopy method, scientists have revealed the structure of the microbial communities coating microplastic trash collected from a variety of ocean sites.

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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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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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