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Research ship finds the world's oceans are 'plasticized'

A marine expedition of environmentalists has confirmed the bad news it feared -- the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" extends even further than previously known.<p>Organized by two non-profit groups -- the Algalita Marine Research Foundation and the 5 Gyres Institute -- the expedition is sailing from the …

Should Plastics Be Labeled “Hazardous” to Reduce Ocean Pollution?

Changing Planet<p>With packaging holding in place nearly all of our consumer desires, slow decomposition rates, and swirling debris fields the size of Texas in our oceans – it seems plastic isn’t going anywhere fast. A recent Comment piece in <i>Nature</i> by authors Chelsea Rochman at UC Davis and Mark …

Plastic fishing in the Southern Ocean

Erik van Sebille is looking for something very much out of the ordinary in the Southern Ocean: plastic. He has come to one of the most remote parts of the world – as far as it is possible to go from major concentrations of people – to look for the stuff humans throw away.<p>Van Sebille, an …

Calling New England Watersports Adventurers—Help Save Our Oceans from Plastic Debris

When paddler/filmmaker Steve Weileman bottled his first sample of sea water off a remote, undeveloped section of the Alaskan coast, it looked transparent and pristine. Weeks later when Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation (ASC) partner scientist Abby Barrows looked at the same sample under …

This Is How Your Plastic Bag Ends Up In Massive Ocean Garbage Patches

Ever heard of the Pacific garbage patch? It's one of several swirling trash zones in our oceans, and it's where a lot of our plastic litter ends up. While these debris patches aren't visible piles of floating trash in the water, the reality of what they are and how they got there is just as gross …

Washing-up liquid bottle made from ocean plastic aims to clean up seas

The world's first washing-up liquid bottle made from reclaimed ocean plastic is to go on sale in UK supermarkets later this month.<p>The green cleaning brand Ecover will use the launch of its new Ocean Bottle washing-up liquid to highlight the long-term dangers of dumping plastic in the sea, which is …

Melting Arctic Ice May Release 1 Trillion Tiny Pieces Of Plastic Into Oceans, Researchers Say

Melting ice sheets could spell disaster for coastal towns, but sea level rise is not the only threat Arctic thawing poses.<p>In a new study published in open-access journal Earth’s Future, researchers say that Arctic ice contains large amounts of plastic and man-made synthetic materials that are …

Apple Wants You To Know About This 25-Year-Old Woman Whose Life's Mission Is To Remove All The Plastic Junk From The Ocean

Emily Penn is an expedition leader and oceans advocate with extensive exploration experience in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. You might remember her from the intro video shown before Apple's WWDC keynote Monday.<p>Apple is famously selective about the people they feature in their promotional …

U.N. report: Our oceans are trashed with plastic

A series of new reports are raising concerns about the damage plastic waste is doing to oceans -- harming marine animals, destroying sensitive ecosystems, and contaminating the fish we eat.<p>But experts say that the solution to the problem isn't in the ocean -- it's on land.<p>The United Nations …

Our Plastic Trash Is Piling Up In The Oceans — This Map Shows Where

Everyday our plastic waste makes its way from land to sea through stormwater runoff, rivers, wind, or just chance. And since at least the 1970s researchers have been attempting to quantify just how much and where it's going.<p>The most recent attempt, which was published on June 30 in the journal …

U.N. report: Our oceans are trashed with plastic

A series of new reports are raising concerns about the damage plastic waste is doing to oceans -- harming marine animals, destroying sensitive ecosystems, and contaminating the fish we eat.<p>But experts say that the solution to the problem isn't in the ocean -- it's on land.<p>The United Nations …

Have Some Fish With Your Plastic

If you eat fish then you are eating plastic. That's what an eminent international team of scientists concluded earlier this month.<p><i>Join Earth Dr Reese Halter from Los Angeles for another segment of SOS as he explains where all the missing ocean plastic went.</i><p>Researchers were perplexed after …

6 Ways to Reduce Plastic Waste This Summer

Summer is often marked by the scents of sunscreen, warm earth, wildflowers, salty seaside air -- and plastic. Walk into any convenience store, drugstore or coastal gas station and you will be greeted by stacks of freshly-minted water wings, flip flops, rows of overpriced bottled water, and beach …

This Floating Platform Could Filter The Plastic From Our Polluted Oceans

<b>By Vanessa Quirk</b><p><b>(Read the original story here)</b><p>Courtesy of Cristian Ehrmantraut<p><i>"Plastic is an extremely durable material, taking 500 years to biodegrade, yet it’s designed to be used for an average of 5 minutes, and so it’s thrown away. Few know where this mass of junk will end up … in the oceans,</i> …

The most promising technology for cleaning up ocean plastic is a giant wheel

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>There are at least one million tons of plastic in the ocean. Creative solutions abound, but few strike marine conservation experts as practical or praise-worthy. Too often, says ecologist Andrew David Thaler, projects like floating plastic-filter machines amount to little …

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19-Year-Old's Ocean Cleanup Array Could Clean Half the Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 Years, Study Shows

Last year we reported on teenage inventor Boyan Slat’s plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove <b>7,250,000 tons</b> of plastic waste from …

Eco-Cleaning Company Ecover is Making Bottles Out of Recycled Ocean Plastic

Right now there are about 46,000 pieces of trash floating around in every square mile of the ocean, which is why Belgian company Ecover is now making …

Hundreds of Thousands of Tons of Plastic Are Missing Somewhere in the Ocean

A new study finds microplastic levels on the ocean surface are 100 times less than expected—where's it going? Spoiler alert: Fish are probably eating it and pooping it to the ocean floor.<p>Image: Kevin Krejci/Flickr<p>There's some 40,000 tons of plastic floating on the surfaces of the world's oceans, …

Floating Seawer Skyscraper Rids the World's Oceans of Plastic While Generating Clean Energy

Seawer is a self-supported hydroelectric power station that can generate electricity using seawater at the same time that it cleans up plastic waste. …

This Kid Plans to Rid Oceans of Plastic Using Giant Nets and Natural Gyres

Twenty-year-old Boyan Slat plans to rid oceans of plastic using giant nets and natural gyres. It would be the largest structure ever built on the high seas.<p>Boyan Slat's story is not quite that of a 20-year-old Wunderkind who magically found a potential fix to a longstanding problem. It's perhaps …

Sea Shepherd Spearheads Cleaning Up the Oceans

The oceans are in dire straights, they are suffocating from 772 million tons of plastics.<p><i>Join me for another segment of SOS from Los Angeles, California as I show how problem solvers and innovators are turning ocean plastics into high-performance denim.</i><p>For every problem there are at least three …

There Are At Least 5.25 Trillion Pieces of Plastic in the Ocean

And that's a highly conservative estimate, say scientists.<p>We know the oceans are home to tons of plastic garbage, from discarded nylon fishing nets that ensnare sea turtles to packing straps that strangle the life out of marine mammals. But because all that plastic is coming from everywhere, it's …

Full scale of plastic in the world's oceans revealed for first time

More than five trillion pieces of plastic, collectively weighing nearly 269,000 tonnes, are floating in the world’s oceans, causing damage throughout the food chain, new research has found.<p>Data collected by scientists from the US, France, Chile, Australia and New Zealand suggests a minimum of …

Ocean Plastic Estimated at 5.25 Trillion Pieces -- But Where's the Rest?

The deluge of plastic detritus -- from the large to the microscopic -- swirling about in our oceans weighs in at 269,000 metric tons, according to the most comprehensive research on marine plastic hot off the press today. One of the researchers, Dr. Marcus Erikson, visualizes it like this: "2 liter …

Plastic, plastic everywhere: World's oceans plagued by waste

There's a problem in the oceans described in just one word: plastics.<p>The Earth's seas are teeming with more than 5 trillion bits of plastic, a new study says. Together they weigh 276,000 tons, three-quarters as much as the Empire State Building. Bits of plastic float in the waters off Greenland, …

Our Oceans Awash in Toxic Plastic Garbage

Scientists just published a paper with the first-ever estimate of all the plastic garbage floating in the world's oceans.<p>The results were astronomical: More than 5 trillion pieces of plastic debris, weighting 269,000 tons. These bits of garbage are distributed throughout the world -- equally likely …

This Is Where Plastic In The Ocean Ends Up

That's according to a paper by an international team of scientists who took a substantial amount of data collected across the globe and merged it with ocean circulation models to come up with the staggering figure.<p>That sounds like a lot of plastic - it is a lot of plastic - but it isn't distributed …

Nearly 300,000 Tons of Plastic is Floating in the World's Oceans | VICE News

Plastic seems to be everywhere in our lives and, according to new research, it has also become a ubiquitous part of the world's oceans.<p>An international team of scientists joined forces to survey the expansive array of plastic items found afloat in the seas. What they found was everything from buoys …