Marine Debris

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Posted on June 23, 2017 - 10:54am, by abrown
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Via Science Daily

"At least 1.4 million seagulls feed at landfills in North America. Aside from the nuisance they pose, a study finds their nutrient-rich feces may threaten the health of nearby waters. The study estimates North American gulls deposit 240 tons of nitrogen and 39 tons of phosphorus into nearby lakes and reservoirs each year, fertilizing algae and weeds and costing local governments about $100 million in nutrient offset costs."

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Posted on June 20, 2017 - 9:44am, by nwehner

Via Phys.org

"The continent is considered to be a pristine wilderness compared to other regions and was thought to be relatively free from plastic pollution. However new findings by scientists from University of Hull and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have revealed that recorded levels of microplastics are five times higher than you would expect to find from local sources such as research stations and ships."

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Posted on June 16, 2017 - 6:35pm, by abrown
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Via The Guardian

"Beaches on remote Arctic islands are heavily polluted with plastic, a new expedition has found, demonstrating that the region is the dumping ground for waste carried northwards on the Gulf Stream."

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Posted on June 12, 2017 - 5:24pm, by abrown
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Via PNG Industry News

"AUSTRALIA’S Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is undertaking the world’s largest marine pollution survey, working with countries across the globe to help them assess and reduce the amount of litter entering the oceans."

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Posted on June 8, 2017 - 9:27am, by nwehner
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Via The Maritime Executive

"Seismic survey company Petroleum Geo-Services has developed a concept for efficient, large scale collection of plastic from the oceans. The solution uses seismic vessels and takes advantage of their air compressors and capabilities for handling large towing configurations."

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Posted on June 6, 2017 - 2:36pm, by nwehner
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Via The Jakarta Post

"In a luncheon with representatives from 10 ASEAN countries in New York, in the United States, on Monday local time, Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan elaborated the importance of a High-Level Conference of Plastic Waste in the Sea slated for September to address the issue."

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