‘4Ocean’ Gathers 4.7 Million Pounds Of Ocean Trash And Continues To Make History

June 19, 2019

Four years ago, two young surfers went on a post-college trip to Bali — to find relief in the comforting waves of Indonesian water. But instead of playing along the beaches, what they’ve discovered marked the beginning of a company that will eventually save millions of marine life. Andrew Cooper, 28 and Alex Schulze 27, …

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Fishing For Trash: One Father-Son Idea To Start A New Sport For Environmental Cleanup

May 14, 2019

Trash fishing, Tom Nardone explains, is a pretty simple exercise. “It’s like regular fishing, only we’re fishing for trash,” he said. Fair enough. The “we” in this case is Nardone and his 12-year-old son Mark, whose idea this was, kinda. Mark wanted his dad to buy a boat, but his dad wanted them to do …

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Marine plastic pollution costs the world up to $2.5tn a year

April 4, 2019

Plastic pollution in the world’s oceans costs society billions of dollars every year in damaged and lost resources, research has found. Fisheries, aquaculture, recreational activities and global wellbeing are all negatively affected by plastic pollution, with an estimated 1-5% decline in the benefit humans derive from oceans. The resulting cost in such benefits, known as …

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Stunned walker finds 60-year-old plastic bottle washed on up beach

March 21, 2019

A 60-year-old plastic washing-up liquid bottle has been found washed up on the beach. Stephen Fox was “dismayed” to find the weathered Doby bottle washed up on Brean beach near Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset. The bottle dates back to the mid-1950s – but it is not known how long it has been in the sea. Stephen said: …

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Dead whale found with 40 kilograms of plastic bags in its stomach

March 18, 2019

A young whale whose carcass washed up in the Philippines died of “dehydration and starvation” after consuming 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of plastic bags, scientists have found. Marine biologist and environmentalist Darrell Blatchley told CNN that the juvenile male Cuvier’s beaked whale was found “showing signs of being emaciated and dehydration” and had been “vomiting …

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Draft UK law seeks to create Committee on Plastic Pollution

February 25, 2019

A draft UK law that would sets a legal framework for ending single-use plastic pollution by 2042 is set for its first reading in the House of Commons later today, having secured the backing of campaign groups and MPs from across the political spectrum. The Phase-out of Plastic Pollution Bill, proposes a ban on all …

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Scheme to tackle plastic pollution in Darlington

February 24, 2019

Plastic pollution is being tackled in Darlington thanks to a scheme allowing people to top up their refillable water bottles in businesses and community venues free of charge. Darlington Borough Council has confirmed details of refill stations at its premises to help reduce numbers of throwaway plastic bottles, after pledging its support to the scheme …

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Plastic pollution: San Francisco Bay cleanup focuses on roadway trash

February 22, 2019

As cities around the United States grapple with waterways choked by plastic, leaders in Northern California are taking aggressive action to keep garbage out of San Francisco Bay — by pressuring the state to clean up the roads. The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board last week issued a cease-and-desist order against the …

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The distraction of plastic pollution

February 22, 2019

By now, most of us have heard that the use of plastics is a big issue for the environment. Partly fuelled by the success of the BBC’s Blue Planet II series, people are more aware than ever before about the dangers to wildlife caused by plastic pollution—as well as the impact it can have on human health—with industries …

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