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Posted on March 29, 2017 - 10:45am, by nwehner
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Via Phys.org

"Where is marine litter concentrated, and which species and ecosystems does it affect? Researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute have for the first time compiled all scientific data published on marine litter in a single, comprehensive database, now accessible from the online portal AWI Litterbase. Here, both the distribution of litter and its interactions with organisms are presented in global maps. In addition, the regularly updated datasets are fed into graphic analyses, which show e.g. that seabirds and fish are particularly affected by litter."

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Posted on March 23, 2017 - 1:21pm, by abrown

Via The Daily Catch

"A Plastic Ocean is a documentary film directed by the Australian journalist Craig Leeson. It dives into and investigates the devastating impacts that plastic has caused to our environment, especially our marine life."

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Posted on March 23, 2017 - 1:10pm, by abrown
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Via Devonlive.com

"The public are being asked to pledge their support for a ban on balloon releases in their local area by The Marine Conservation Society. The push follows volunteers finding an increase of over 50 per cent in the amount of balloon litter on UK beaches between 2015 and 2016."

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Posted on March 22, 2017 - 1:27pm, by abrown
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Via Smithsonian Insider

"Odile Madden knows a lot about plastic. A materials scientist with the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute, she has spent the past eight years studying plastics artifacts in the Smithsonian collections. Plastics are found in all the collections of the Smithsonian’s museums now, and the long-term stability of many of these artifacts is questionable and uncertain. Madden’s job is to study that instability in an attempt to extend the lifetimes of these objects."

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Posted on March 21, 2017 - 1:17pm, by abrown
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Via The Telegraph

"Popular tourist beaches are now so strewn with plastic that resorts are burying the debris beneath the sand, and British travel groups are forced to organise long distance litter picks..."

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Posted on March 20, 2017 - 10:31pm, by abrown
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Via Science Daily

"Marine litter is a threat to the marine ecosystem, human health and economic activities. A new report by the Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC) sheds light on the many effects of litter in our oceans, and highlights the severity and scale of the issue. The report confirms that plastic items have the highest direct and indirect damaging impact."

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Posted on March 14, 2017 - 8:45am, by abrown
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Via BBC News

"A scientist has filmed the moment plastic microfibre is ingested by plankton, illustrating how the material is affecting life beneath the waves. The footage shows one way that waste plastic could be entering the marine and global food chain."

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Posted on March 10, 2017 - 6:06pm, by abrown
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Via Treehugger

"The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) in the UK is asking people to photograph and tag any ‘wild bottles’ they come across outdoors. This is part of an effort to get local governments to implement Deposit Return Systems, so that recycling rates go up and fewer disposable plastic bottles are discarded in nature. MCS hopes that, by using the hashtag #wildbottlesighting and reporting as many sightings as possible, it will be easier to “paint a true picture of the UK’s littered bottles and cans.”"

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