OC Overview for the Week of May 21, 2018

OC Overview

Alaska Airlines ends use of non-recyclable plastic straws

Alaska Airlines is saying STOP to plastic straws. Partnering with environmental group Lonely Whale, Alaska airlines will no longer be providing plastic straws to customers, instead opting for compostable alternatives. In 2017 alone, Alaska airlines distributed "roughly 22 million plastic stir straws and citrus picks". (via The Hill)

EPA boots reporters from meeting

The US Environmental Protection Agency is already under scrutiny for its inaction on chemicals related to perfluorooctanoic acid (commonly used for non-stick cookware) which likely cause cancer and other human health problems, according to the department of Health and Human Services. Earlier this week, the EPA was holding a meeting to discuss potential regulation, but banned the Associated Press, CNN, and E&E News from attending. An Associated Press reporter was grabbed by her shoulders and physically escorted out of the venue (via Ars Technica). 

Scientists Take A Ride On The Pacific's 'Shark Highway'

An aquatic passage routing above seamounts between Costa Rica and the Galapagos has been recorded to be a highly used migratory pathway for sharks and other large marine mammals. Researchers hope to establish a MPA that would encompass this route. (via NPR)

WHOI finds shipwreck worth billions

Researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have found a shipwreck dating from 1708 off the coast of Colombia, which is worth billions of dollars. The Colombian government plans to build a museum and conservation laboratory to preserve and display the artifacts (via The Washington Post).