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Henderson Island — Pristine, Most Polluted, or Both?

Henderson Island is an uninhabited island in the south Pacific Ocean, the largest of the four islands of the Pitcairn Island group and a part of the South Pacific British Overseas Territory.  It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  UNESCO describes … Continue reading

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Saltwater Brewery “Edible Six Pack Rings” Saving Marine Life

A craft brew beer company and an ad agency have come up with a brilliant solution to problem of plastic six pack rings. What is the problem with six pack rings, you might ask? The plastic rings that hold six … Continue reading

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Why Stopping Ocean Plastic Dumping Matters — Are You Eating Plastic for Dinner?

Recently, we posted that five nations were responsible for 60% of the plastic dumped in the world’s oceans. Why is plastic so destructive to the ocean environment? National Geographic put together the short animation below to explain all the damage … Continue reading

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Five Countries are Responsible for 60% of Plastic Dumped in the Oceans

For several years now, we have posted about the so-called ocean garbage patches, the great swaths of the oceans where plastic and other floating debris accumulate while riding on vast circular currents. The problem is that an estimated 8 million … Continue reading

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Plastic is the Problem. Are Shrimp Shells the Answer?

Discarded plastic is a major problem in today’s oceans. Plastics leach toxic chemicals into the seawater while otherwise not degrading.  Recently researchers at Harvard University have announced they have created a new bio-degrable plastic based on, of all things, shrimp shells. We have posted … Continue reading

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Sign of the Times — Sperm Whale Killed by Plastic Garbage

You might call it the greenhouse effect, though it is not directly related to climate change. A dead sperm whale which washed ashore last year in Andalusia, in southern Spain, was found to have died from ingesting plastic sheets used in the construction of greenhouses in that region.  The whale … Continue reading

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Electrolux’s ‘Vac from the Sea’ Turns Ocean Plastic into Vacuum Cleaners

Yesterday we posted that scientists are not sure where all the plastic floating in the vast Atlantic and Pacific garbage patches is going.  Sadly, the answer is probably not that a big vacuum cleaner is vacuuming the stuff up to recycle it. Nevertheless, here is a great story about Electrolux, which … Continue reading

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Ocean garbage patches are not growing, so where is all that plastic going?

We have previously posted about the plastic “garbage patches” in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans – great current vortexes where floating plastic trash has accumulated.   As reported in Scientific American scientists studying the garbage patches have noticed that despite … Continue reading

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