Plastic Common and Persistent Ocean Pollutant

Plastic Common and Persistent Ocean Pollutant

Plastics are now one of the most common and persistent pollutants in our oceans today. From plastic bags to micro plastics, or nurdles, plastic pollution in the ocean continues to increase each year. Although the plastics industry seeks to minimize the risk and dangers of these pollutants, studies show that they are a major contributor […]

Plastic Ingestion by Northern Pacific Fulmars

Plastic Ingestion by Northern Pacific Fulmars

A recent study, in 2012, of the seabird, Northern Fulmars, indicated an increase of plastic ingestion by these birds over the past forty years. The study was lead by Stephanie Avery-Gomm, a zoology graduate student at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. In the study, researchers collected dead northern fulmars from several eastern North […]

Plastic Ingestion by Storm-Petrels

Plastic Ingestion by Storm-Petrels

Here is a study of Leach’s Storm-petrels and how much plastic is ingested by the bird. The study was conducted in Newfoundland, Canada. The researchers found that 48% of the birds contained plastic, some up to 17 pieces of plastic. It was also determined that plastic ingestion has increased in this species in the Northwest […]

Top Ten Reasons to Ban Plastic Bags

Top Ten Reasons to Ban Plastic Bags

1. Hazard to Marine Life, Sea Birds, Animals Plastic bags do not degrade in the marine environment. Plastic bags photo-degrade, meaning they break down into smaller and smaller bits of plastic but never completely go away. Marine animals, such as turtles, and seabirds see these micro plastic particles floating in the water and think that […]

Why Ban Plastic Bags?

Why Ban Plastic Bags?

While being interviewed by a journalist in Africa, I was asked the question, “Why ban plastic bags?” It was a very good question. I proceeded to explain briefly the following ten reasons why I feel plastic bags should be extinct across the world. I also stated that plastic bags are a great invention. Concurrently, they […]

Superfunding Possible for Tern Island, Awash in Plastic

Superfunding Possible for Tern Island, Awash in Plastic

SAN FRANCISCO, California, November 19, 2013 (ENS) – A petition submitted by the Center for Biological Diversity has succeeded in persuading the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assess tiny Tern Island in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to see if it should be declared a Superfund site. The EPA’s Superfund program is designed to identify and […]

Bonaire Volunteers Remove Marine Plastic Debris

Bonaire Volunteers Remove Marine Plastic Debris

Kralendijk, Bonaire, Dutch Carribbean, Nov. 1, 2013 – When Dive Friends Bonaire started Debris Free Bonaire in December 2012, they had no idea what a success it was going to be. As of October 27th, 2013, Debris Free Bonaire volunteers have collectively removed over 100 cubic meters (3,531 cubic feet) of marine plastic debris and […]

Marine Debris Gyre Expedition Sets Sail

Marine Debris Gyre Expedition Sets Sail

SEWARD, Alaska, June 10, 2013 (ENS) – “How sad it is that garbage and debris are what is calling us to wild shores,” Carl Safina said as he joined an international team of scientists, artists and educators in Seward on Friday. Dr. Safina and the others are taking part in Project Gyre, a marine debris […]

Oregon Welcomes Japanese Tsunami Debris Activists

Oregon Welcomes Japanese Tsunami Debris Activists

LINCOLN CITY, Oregon, February 19, 2013 (ENS) – Japanese environmentalists concerned about marine debris scattered across the Pacific by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami came to Lincoln City on the weekend to coordinate with Oregon residents and help clean Oregon beaches. As if to greet them, a barnacle-encrusted, battered fishing boat from Japan washed […]

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