Marine Debris

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Posted on April 19, 2017 - 12:47pm, by nwehner
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Via The New York Times

"In a study published Wednesday in Science Advances, a group of researchers from the University of Cádiz in Spain and several other institutions show that a major ocean current is carrying bits of plastic, mainly from the North Atlantic, to the Greenland and Barents seas, and leaving them there — in surface waters, in sea ice and possibly on the ocean floor."

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Posted on April 17, 2017 - 3:01pm, by nwehner
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Via The Globe and Mail

"More than five months after 35 shipping containers fell off an international cargo ship, scattering huge pieces of debris across the coastline near Tofino, the hunks of metal and bits of Styrofoam remain along the coast. The question of who is responsible for the cleanup is bouncing around federal government departments."

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Posted on April 13, 2017 - 2:19pm, by nwehner
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Via Hawaii Tribune-Herald

"The Nets-to-Energy program is a partnership under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Matson Navigation provides containers and free shipping for nets to Oahu, where metal recycling company Schnitzer Steel cuts the material into smaller pieces to be burned at the Covanta H-Power Plant in Kapolei."

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Posted on April 12, 2017 - 9:33am, by nwehner
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Via Anthropocene

"An unlikely research duo might have a solution. Sailboat captain James E. Holm and polymer scientist Swaminathan Ramesh are developing a mobile reactor that could transform plastic into diesel fuel. The technology could reduce plastic waste on land and in the ocean, and generate a cleaner, potentially cheaper fuel."

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Posted on April 11, 2017 - 10:37am, by nwehner
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Via iNews

"Greenpeace activists have installed a 2.5 tonne ocean plastic sculpture this morning on the doorstep of Coca-Cola’s London HQ, in protest at the company’s role in ocean plastic pollution."

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Posted on April 10, 2017 - 10:55am, by nwehner
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Via Saving Seafood

"A highly anticipated best practice framework on the management of fishing gear developed by the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) launched today for an industry-wide consultation. The framework provides the seafood industry – from port operators to seafood companies – with practical steps to decrease the abundance and effects of ghost gear within their respective industries."

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