Plastic pollution is everywhere. Study reveals how it travels

November 13, 2020

Plastic pollution is ubiquitous today, with microplastic particles from disposable goods found in natural environments throughout the globe, including Antarctica. But how those particles move through and accumulate in the environment is poorly understood. Now a Princeton University study has revealed the mechanism by which microplastics, like Styrofoam, and particulate pollutants are carried long distances …

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Your Used Mask Needs to Make It to the Trash Can

July 30, 2020

Helen Lowman looks at litter a lot. It’s her job. But while walking her dog in Westport, Conn., in March, she noticed an alarming trend. First she passed some dirty wipes on the ground. Then there were gloves. And finally a mask. Four months later, she said the litter of personal protective gear has only …

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What Is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

July 28, 2020

It can be easy to forget about pollution and landfills, so long as you don’t see it up close every day. You throw something out and then essentially, it disappears from your life. But just because it’s “gone” from your life doesn’t mean it’s truly gone; it still has to go somewhere, and the Great …

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Bite Size Plastic: How Marine Wildlife Snack on Our Trash

June 25, 2020

Millions of tons of debris enter the marine environment each year, including our trash and damaged fishing gear, and can be found at the surface of the water, down to the deepest parts of the ocean. Many marine debris items, especially plastics, are small enough to be ingested, or eaten, by wildlife, an issue of …

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Bumble Bee Seafood Committed to Protecting the Ocean

June 18, 2020

The Bumble Bee Seafood Company has committed $40 million through an Accelerator Fund to help restore and protect the health of the world’s oceans and reduce the use of plastics over the next five years.


Environmental group picking up tons of trash along the Illinois River

May 22, 2020

A Quad-Cities based environmental group is currently docked in Peoria to do a cleanup of great magnitude. Living Lands and Waters is out on the Illinois River picking up trash all along the banks and in the water. By the time they are finished with this project, they will have picked up nearly 25 tons …

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Illinois American Water Announces Over $25,000 in Environmental Grants for Water Source Protection

May 22, 2020

Illinois American Water is announcing environmental grants for eight watershed initiatives across the state. The environmental grant recipients will receive a share of funds totaling $25,672 for community projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds. According to Justin Ladner, Illinois American Water President, including the 2020 commitment more than $247,000 in environmental grants will have …

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Discarded coronavirus face masks and gloves rising threat to ocean life, conservationists warn

April 20, 2020

The rise in disposable face masks and gloves being used to prevent the spread of coronavirus is adding to the glut of plastic pollution threatening the health of oceans and marine life, environmentalists warn. On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order, effective this weekend, that New Yorkers must now wear a …

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Trash along Harrisburg’s 3rd Street is building in storm water assets

February 12, 2020

Excessive amounts of garbage have been collecting in storm water assets along 3rd Street. “This was all full of trash, not just from a day or so,” said Elizabeth Hall, a resident of the Midtown area. “There is no reason why, once a week, they can’t come here with a crew and pick up the …

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Ocean Conservancy Continues The Fight Against Plastic Waste With A Pledge To Quit The Cutlery Campaign

February 11, 2020

People are fed up with plastic. They’re refusing plastic straws, bringing their own grocery bags and carrying reusable water bottles. And now Ocean Conservancy is joining the growing chorus against plastic waste by asking people to Pledge to Quit the Cutlery. Single use plastic forks, knives and spoons do not get recycled even when you …

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