Marine Debris

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Posted on February 21, 2018 - 11:10am, by raye
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Via Marine Conservation Society 

"The report ‘International Law and Marine Plastic Pollution - Holding Offenders Accountable’ will, according to the BBC, urge governments that are trying to tackle the issue to put legal pressure on those that aren’t."

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Posted on February 21, 2018 - 10:36am, by raye
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Via Hakai Magazine

"About 1.2 billion golf balls are manufactured every year, according to a 2017 report in Chemical & Engineering News, and more than half may be lost in the environment. A New York Times story in 2010 reported that an estimated 300 million disappear each year in the United States alone."

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Posted on February 20, 2018 - 10:49am, by raye
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Via Hakai Magazine

"Researchers used data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s existing marine debris monitoring program, which compiles results from more than 1,100 surveys at 120 sites along the west coast of North America and Hawai‘i. Those surveys showed that approximately 100,000 items washed up on the monitored beaches from 2012 to the end of 2015, and that the rate of this influx spiked 16 months after the disaster."

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Posted on February 16, 2018 - 11:08am, by raye
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Via The Guardian

"Reportedly topped only by oil, the fashion industry is contributing to major environmental destruction – mainly because consumers insist on buying so many clothes at such cheap prices."

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Posted on February 14, 2018 - 10:10am, by raye

Via Down to Earth

"Lost, abandoned or discarded fishing gear, made predominantly of plastic, is a significant component of marine debris and has been a concern of FAO Members for decades. Approximately eight million tonne of plastic litter, up to ten percent of which is estimated to come from the fisheries sector, ends up in our oceans every year."

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Posted on February 14, 2018 - 9:56am, by raye
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Via Oceans Deeply

"In 1997, sailboat captain Charles Moore sailed from Hawaii across the Pacific Ocean, taking a shortcut to his home port of Los Angeles after a sailing race. As he cut across the then-seldom-sailed stretch of ocean – the swirling North Pacific Gyre – he came upon an enormous accumulation of plastic trash and made it famous. He helped captured the public’s imagination around the problem of marine plastic pollution by writing about the 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch.'"

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Posted on February 12, 2018 - 10:15am, by raye
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Via The Drum

"Created for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) by creative shop Daughter, the campaign launched at the end of last month and asks punters to picture the catastrophic impact that plastic pollution has on marine wildlife, by displaying shocking images of people swallowing polythene food bags and disposable plastic cutlery."

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Posted on February 12, 2018 - 10:05am, by raye

Via KQED

"Traces of life on land are increasingly showing up in oceans and in ocean life. Scientists are finding a growing presence of pharmaceuticals, small pieces of plastic and household chemicals in the bodies of Pacific razor clams, Pacific oysters and remote seabird"

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Posted on February 12, 2018 - 10:00am, by raye
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Via Oceans Deeply

"A nearly decade-long University of Alaska project to monitor the ecology of puffins, crested auklets and other seabirds that flock to the storm-tossed Aleutian Islands has produced crucial baseline information about microplastics contamination in marine waters off Alaska. Of more than 200 Aleutian birds initially examined, nearly 1 in 5 turned out to have some type of organic materials in their stomachs, researchers found."

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