Via News Deeply
"Too many nutrients washing into our waters create oxygen-deprived “dead zones.” But voluntary steps to reduce nutrient runoff and shrink dead zones just aren’t working, says environmental researcher Don Scavia."
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!"
"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."
"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."
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."
"Human medicines and household substances have been discovered in the blood of green turtles in Australia's Great Barrier Reef, researchers said Friday, highlighting the impact of man-made matter on marine life."