Pollution

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Posted on June 21, 2017 - 3:22pm, by nwehner
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Via The Daily Catch

"Data from a six-month study, conducted by Dutch intern Robin Fokker, indicates that 44% of the beach users are picnickers, followed by 35% of beach walkers, and 10% of fishermen. Whereas 39% of the marine debris documented on the beach was predominantly fishing related, this proportion did not include the popular litter items found worldwide, such as cigarette butts, food wrappers, and plastic bottles. This is interesting enough due to the fact that fisherman contribute 39% of the litter along the coast but only make up 10% of the beach users, and that’s without their food and beverage litter!"

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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 14, 2017 - 4:10pm, by nwehner
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Via Quartz

"Every year, millions of tonnes of plastics are produced and trashed, with a small portion ending up in the sea, and gobbled up by tiny fish. Even though countries don’t report on how much plastic they are flushing, a recent study suggests that around 86% of the plastic running through rivers was coming from a single continent—Asia."

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Posted on June 14, 2017 - 4:05pm, by nwehner
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VIa Plastics News

"The American Chemistry Council is criticizing a major U.N. conference on the oceans for pushing bans or reductions in the use of some plastic products, saying it would have liked to see more attention on broader solutions to ocean pollution like improving waste management."

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Posted on May 13, 2017 - 11:41am, by abrown
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Via The News Minute

"India is all set to opt for automatic observation of pollution in the ocean to crunch data that will aid the tourism industry and could also come in handy in countering allegations levelled by developed nations against the country being a major polluter, according to a scientist."

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Posted on May 8, 2017 - 11:02am, by nwehner
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Via Smithsonian Magazine

"Last year, the body of a female orca was found on the shores of the Isle of Tiree, Scotland. Lulu, as the orca was called, was a member of the last orca pod living in the waters of the United Kingdom. She had died after becoming ensnared in fishing nets."

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