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River of plastic trash is flooding our oceans

Plastic is useful - for packaging, tires, clothing, and much else. But 2 percent of plastics produced end up in the ocean. It enters the food chain - even reaching us. A new analysis highlights the scale of the problem.

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Oh, great — another plastic garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean

Capt. Charles Moore, the sailor who brought the giant vortex of plastic debris floating in the north Pacific ocean to our attention, now says there is another enormous plastic patch growing in the South Pacific.

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Our Oceans Are Becoming More Acidic – What it Means for Marine Life and What YOU Can Do

Oceans cover 70 percent of the earth’s surface and account for 97 percent of its water. They play a vital role in the natural carbon cycle and provides a home for over one million species of plants and animals, with another estimated nine million living in the depths left unexplored by humans. B ...

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Billions of tons of plastic trash accumulating on Earth

The world has a plastic problem. More than 9.1 billion tons (8.3 metric tons) of it have been produced on Earth, with most dumped into landfills or the oceans, US researchers said Wednesday.

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Why I’m Saying ‘Pants’ To Pollution

As with most things in life, peek under the surface and you’ll see what lurks beneath. And never has this been more true than when it comes to the world’s oceans.

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Oil Impairs Ability Of Coral Reef Fish To Find Homes And Evade Predators

Just as one too many cocktails can lead a person to make bad choices, a few drops of oil can cause coral reef fish to make poor decisions, according to a paper published today in Nature Ecology & Evolution.

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A mission to the Pacific plastic patch

A mariner who has spent years travelling "hundreds of thousands of nautical miles" to measure the impact of plastic waste in the ocean has estimated that a "raft" of plastic debris spanning more than 965,000 square miles (2.5m sq km) is concentrated in a region of the South Pacific. Capt Charles ...

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Deal with marine litter from dry land

Like many other coastal areas in South Africa, East London and Port Elizabeth are also important centres of industrial manufacturing and economic development.East London and Port Elizabeth, with three commercial ports in total, are intricately connected to, and dependent on, the surrounding ocea ...

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If you care so much, Coke, why aren't your bottles 100% recycled?

Coca-Cola’s grand announcement on plastic packaging is a lot of PR fizz. But when you look at the detail, it’s all a bit flat.

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Plastic to be phased out at 19 major American aquariums

Working to reduce the massive amount of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, 19 of the nation’s top aquariums on Monday will announce that they are phasing out most plastic products — from plastic bags to straws to plastic beverage bottles.

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Dirty laundry: Are your clothes polluting the ocean?

In an indoor "Manchester-drizzle-simulating" rain room at the University of Leeds, and in a laundry lab in Plymouth, research is revealing the unexpected environmental cost of the very clothes on our backs.

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A million plastic bottles a minute

A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20 per cent by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change.

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How your pile of laundry fills the sea with plastic pollution

Microplastic pollution is one of the newest environmental issues on the block. After decades of intense observation and campaigning by conservation groups, awareness has fortunately grown. There is now worldwide concern about the tiny pieces of plastic litter which are having such a number of ha ...

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Tackle UK's plastic bottle problem with money-back scheme, ministers told

The UK government is under growing pressure to introduce a money-back return scheme for plastic bottles, in order to tackle huge volumes of waste in a country where 400 bottles are sold every second.

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5.25 trillion pieces of plastic litter Earth's oceans

Close to eight million tonnes of plastic is dumped into the Earth's oceans each year, endangering marine and human life.An interactive map designed by New Zealand data firm Dumpark has revealed where in our ocen as the 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic end up.

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Amazon coral reef at risk of damage if oil spills near Amazon river

Oil companies planning to drill near a vast coral reef at the mouth of the Amazon river have calculated that the unique ecosystem has a 30% chance of being affected in the event of an oil spill.

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The debate rages on: Are neonicotinoid pesticides killing bees?

New studies appear to confirm that neonicotinoid pesticides are killing bees, even as chemical companies continue to tout their safety. An EU-wide ban is looking increasingly likely.

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Fabien Cousteau: How to save the ocean

More than 635,000 tonnes of rubbish gets thrown in Earth's oceans every year. There's a collection of "garbage patches" in the Pacific Ocean that stretch from California to Japan. And plastic waste kills a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals every year.

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A million bottles a minute: world's plastic binge 'as dangerous as climate change'

A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number will jump another 20% by 2021, creating an environmental crisis some campaigners predict will be as serious as climate change.

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UK risks becoming 'dumping ground' for plastic after Brexit

The UK risks becoming the “dirty man of Europe” after Brexit with no plan to deal with the millions of plastic bottles dumped by consumers every week, according to politicians and leading environmental campaigners.

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Plastic pollution in the Antarctic worse than expected

The levels of microplastic particles accumulating in the Antarctic are much worse than expected, a team of experts has warned.

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Microplastics found in waters off Qatar

A sample of microplastics found in waters off Qatar. The first evidence of prevalence of microplastics in Gulf seawater, specifically in the marine waters off Qatar, has been documented through a research study conducted by senior researchers from Qatar University Environmental Science Center (Q ...

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Air pollution is killing wildlife and people

On National Clean Air Day, Thursday 15 June, we’re calling for action to cut air pollution which threatens our native wildlife (Nature needs fresh air too, 2 June). The UK government’s air quality consultation, closing on 15 June, focuses on “tackling nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities”.

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Ocean plastics from Haiti’s beaches turned into laptop packaging

What if pieces of plastic strewn across the world’s beaches ended up in brand new computer boxes, not floating in the middle of the ocean or lodged inside seabirds?That’s what computer company Dell has set out to do, testing a supply chain that sees litter picked up from Haiti’s beaches and work ...

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Plastic in rivers major source of ocean pollution: study

Plastic that is dumped in rivers and then ends up in the world's oceans is one of the major sources of marine pollution, a new study said this week, with Asian waterways the main culprits.

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Underwater noise pollution subject of World Oceans Day screening

Whales, dolphins, and fish are suffering from human noise pollution - and the effects are getting worse. Underwater noise pollution from things like shipping, seismic surveys and naval sonar is have an increasingly detrimental effect on marine wildlife, according to Dr. Lindy Weilgart, an expert ...

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Gambia: Pollution Affects Gunjur Bolongfenyoto Lagoon

Water Pollution is affecting aquatic and marine life, causing the death of many.Bolongfenyoto is the Lagoon that serves as a demarcation between the Gambia and Senegal, on the southern border of the country. It is used for fishing by tourists and natives alike, and many wild animals can be found ...

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NGOs alone will not turn the tide on ocean trash

A key focus of next week’s United Nation’s Ocean Conference, which will bring together up to 10,000 people from countries around the world, will be the crisis of trash and plastic polluting our ocean. Volunteers from over 100 of those countries are critical contributors to the 2016 International ...

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Plastic pollution doesn’t just make for an ugly beach day. It’s contaminating our food chain

There’s a big lie about plastic — that you can throw it away. But that’s not true; there is no “away.” Plastic bottles, plastic bags, snack wrappers, foam takeout containers, foam coffee cups, packing materials: these common, everyday items make up 85% of our waste stream. These items aren’t bio ...

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Human-made chemicals found in higher quantities in deep ocean

Human-made chemicals are penetrating deeper into the North Atlantic, a new study has found.Remember CFCs? Production of the ozone-depleting chemicals was largely phased out globally in 1994.

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A Third Of America's Bee Colonies Died Last Year And That's 'Good News'?

Bee populations around the world have been in decline for years due to a number of reasons that make it extremely difficult to fix the problem. Urban development, insecticides, fungicides, illness, climate change and many other factors have been determined to be responsible for the decline in be ...

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A trash can for the ocean

Two Australian surfers are on a mission to stop plastic pollution in the ocean. They've developed a floating trash can that filters and collects garbage that has made its way into the sea.

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Plastic For Lunch? An Ocean Garbage Solution in Wax Moth Caterpillars

The tiny Pacific Island of Henderson is in a bad spot. It sits at the point of a huge circular surface ocean current called a gyre

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Plastic Waste Knows No Bounds

Despite the vastness of Earth’s oceans, human plastic pollution overwhelms even remote corners.It’s like the island of misfit toys, only less endearing. Way out in the South Pacific Ocean, more than 5000 kilometers away from any large land mass, tiny, uninhabited Henderson Island carries the hig ...

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Prince of Wales: plastic in world’s oceans is a ‘growing human disaster’

Plastic in the world’s oceans is a ‘growing ecological and human disaster’ which needs an urgent solution, the Prince of Wales said last night, as he launched a prize to find ways to tackle the crisis.

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Which European countries are the most polluted?

New data from the World Health Organization shows Eastern European and Balkan countries suffer the highest rate of air contamination and air pollution-related deaths throughout Europe.

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Toxic timebomb: why we must fight back against the world's plague of plastic

It’s everywhere. From the Mariana Trench to the floor of the Arctic Ocean, on tropical beaches and polar coasts. It’s in wildlife, seafood, sea salt and even on the surface of Mars. The world is blighted by plastic. Up to 12m tonnes of the stuff enters the world’s oceans every year (that’s one n ...

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Buddha's birthplace faces serious air pollution threat

The historic site of Buddha's birthplace in Nepal faces a serious threat from air pollution, scientists and officials have warned. Recent data collected from air quality monitoring stations in five places across the country show Lumbini is highly polluted.

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Stream bugs suggest pollution recovery in North York Moors

A surprising diversity of bugs recorded in upland streams in northern England may indicate a recovery from past acid pollution, according to scientists at the University of York.

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Red alert: Kofi Annan on the photos that capture our choking planet

We are running out of space. Fly over Africa at night and you will see mile after mile of fires burning red in the dark as scrub is removed to make way for human beings. Satellite images of nocturnal Europe or America show vast areas lit up like an enormous fairground. From Shanghai to Sydney, f ...

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Shocking' levels of PCB chemicals in UK killer whale Lulu

One of the UK's last killer whales was contaminated with "shocking" levels of a toxic chemical, scientists say. The animal, called Lulu, was found dead on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland last year after becoming entangled in fishing lines.

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Bumblebees: Pesticide 'reduces queen egg development'

Use of a common pesticide in spring could have an impact on wild bumblebees by interfering with their life cycle, a UK study suggests.The team, who looked at wild bumblebees caught in the English countryside, say the insecticide, thiamethoxam, reduces egg development in queen bees.

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Shocking' levels of PCB chemicals in UK killer whale Lulu

One of the UK's last killer whales was contaminated with "shocking" levels of a toxic chemical, scientists say. The animal, called Lulu, was found dead on the Isle of Tiree in Scotland last year after becoming entangled in fishing lines.

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How pollution is depleting the quality of life

Besides impacting our health, pollution is triggering major environmental changes. Global warming and variation in weather conditions are just a few examples that show how pollution is interfering with the function of 'Mother Nature'. The source of pollution may vary but each pollution type is c ...

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Keep plastics out of oceans

The UN Environment Programme, UNEP, has cautioned that there will be more plastic than fish in the world’s oceans by 2050 unless people stop using single-use plastic items such as plastic bags and plastic bottles, commented a UAE daily.

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Light pollution has serious impact on coastal wildlife, research shows

Scientists have recognised for some years that light pollution from buildings, vehicles and streetlights is a growing phenomenon that impacts on the behaviour and success of many animals including migrating birds, hunting bats and the moths they try to capture.

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How many pesticides have you eaten today?

A new report finds that about half the food consumed in Europe contains pesticide residues. The EU's food safety authority says there is no danger. Environmentalists aren't convinced.

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Scientists identify cause of the 'sea fangle' phenomenon

Scientists say that the phenomenon of sea fans washing up on the coastline of the South West will continue unless more is done to prevent commercial and domestic plastic pollution from entering into the marine environment.

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Sea near Mumbai among the most polluted in the world: Global study

The seas near Mumbai, Kerala and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are among the most polluted in the world, a global study that mapped marine pollution around the world has found.

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Ridding the oceans of plastics by turning the waste into valuable fuel

Billions of pounds of plastic waste are littering the world's oceans.

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