Marine Debris

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Posted on December 12, 2017 - 11:36am, by raye
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Via Treehugger

"The rural town of Penzance, Cornwall, has been working extremely hard to rid its beaches and streets of single-use plastics and, according to the non-profit Surfers Against Sewage (SAS)which is coordinating this campaign, nearly one hundred other communities around the country are striving for similar status."

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Posted on December 12, 2017 - 9:58am, by raye
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Via Marine Conservation Society 

"A University of Exeter survey has found turtles are being tangled up in lost fishing nets, plastic twine and nylon fishing line, as well as six pack rings from canned drinks, plastic packaging straps, plastic balloon string, kite string, plastic packaging and discarded anchor line and seismic cable. Turtles were also discovered entangled in discarded plastic chairs, wooden crates, weather balloons and boat mooring line."

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Posted on December 11, 2017 - 10:35am, by raye
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Via BBC

"Plastic as we know it has only really existed for the last 60-70 years, but in that time it has transformed everything from clothing, cooking and catering, to product design, engineering and retailing. One of the great advantages of many types of plastic is that they're designed to last - for a very long time.And nearly all the plastic ever created still exists in some form today."

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Posted on December 11, 2017 - 10:19am, by raye

Via The News

"The UK’s only pod of killer whales is facing extinction because of toxic pollution. With only eight members remaining and no reports of a calf being born for over 20 years, the pod may be gone in a matter of decades, despite the toxins that are killing them having been banned for almost 40 years."

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Posted on December 8, 2017 - 11:56am, by raye
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Via Treehugger

"The issue of plastic pollution in the oceans may be a recent revelation for ordinary citizens, but it's nothing new for the plastics industry. A report by the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), titled "Fueling Plastics," says that plastic producers have known at least since the 1970s that their products pollute the ocean. Nevertheless, the industry has continually denied responsibility and fought regulation."

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Posted on December 8, 2017 - 11:39am, by nwehner
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Via The Guardian

"A ban on imports of millions of tonnes of plastic waste by the Chinese government from January could see an end to collection of some plastic in the UK and increase the risk of environmental pollution, according to key figures in the industry."

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Posted on December 8, 2017 - 10:00am, by raye
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Via BBC

"Sky lanterns are banned by 20 of Wales' 22 councils, but Neath Port Talbot wants to extend this to cover balloons. A report said they 'are often mistaken as food by many species' and if eaten 'can block digestive systems and cause the animal to starve'. If the plans get the go-ahead, releasing balloons from council-owned land would constitute littering."

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Posted on December 8, 2017 - 9:50am, by raye
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Via Inside Philanthropy 

"Marine plastic pollution has been a secondary but growing concern in the huge field of oceans philanthropy. Perhaps part of the reason it’s not been as big of a focus as, say, fisheries or protected areas, is that it’s a slippery topic—there’s still a lot we don’t know. The Moore Foundation, a large global funder of marine conservation, is backing a two-year study to get a better grip on the issue, at least in its own backyard—the San Francisco Bay Area."

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Posted on December 5, 2017 - 3:46pm, by raye
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Via BBC

"Local people scour the beach daily for plastic waste. They want clean beaches, and they're aware that local hotels want the same. But along the high water line millions of the fragments of plastics are mixed in with dried sea grass, too small to be collected."

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