plastic pollution

Sculptures of Ocean Plastic Raise Awareness for the Sea

Washed up plastics and marine garbage pose a threat to the ecosystems and animal lives they invade -- a problem which activists have worked to bring light to in recent years. While news and science are powerful mediums for conveying these messages, the work of artists has also played an important role in the sharing of concern for the state of the seas.

Microbeads in Cosmetics Under Scrutiny as States Call for Legislation

Early in February, New York State's Attorney General's Office announced legislation to curtail the inclusion of plastic "microbeads" in cosmetics. Not long after this legislation was introduced, California followed suit, introducing its own version of the bill for voter consideration.

Danube Plastic Count Outnumbers Fish Larvae, New Study Finds

In a startling new study, researchers from the University of Vienna have found that the samples they collected from the Danube river contained less fish larvae than they did plastic -- approximately 317 plastic particles to 275 fish larvae per 1,000 m3. This study, which was reported by Kriztina Kupi of Green Fudge News, left even researchers surprised: researchers were intending to take stock of fish larvae presence in their research, but found that industrial plastic outnumbered the subjects they were looking for.

Microbial Colonies Take Root in the Plastisphere

The “Plastisphere” – a word recently assigned to the man-made ecosystem of plastic debris that spans the world's waterways – has just been found to be home to a range of microbial colonies that could be carrying harmful diseases.

Will Israel be Next in Line to Ban Plastic Bags?

Early last week, the Environment Protection Ministry of Israel announced that it has drafted a bill aimed at eliminating plastic bags from its culture and landscape, the Jerusalem Post reports. According to an article written by Sharon Udasin, the bill was written to reduce the distribution of plastic bags in retail stores.

Scientists Call for Further Research on 'Plastisphere'

Thanks to the contributions of a culture of single-use plastics, scientists have now begun to refer to the new ecosystem plastics have created in the ocean by its own name: the plastisphere. This biological community has been growing and developing in the ocean for going on six decades – a phenomenon as old as plastic itself – and lately, scientists have found a number of reasons for concern in studying it.

EPA to Study Plastic Debris on Hawaiian Island

In an article on the Los Angeles Times yesterday, Tony Barboza reports that the United States Environmental Protection Agency has begun the process of examining the effects of plastic debris on a remote Hawaiian island airstrip. Tern Island, the site of the study, is a breeding ground for sea birds, and in recent years has been exposed to a huge influx of debris as a result of storm damage to a nearby sea wall. According to the article:

Conservation International Campaign Reduces Plastic Pollution in Rural China

Plastic pollution is a substantial problem in the Southwest region of China, a man-made blemish in what is otherwise considered a beautiful and rural area. Wansu Xu of Conservation International writes that she and her team traveled to the Haizishan province of China in order to attempt to slow the flow of plastic into the environment, but the journey yielded insight into part of the reason she believes plastic pollution has remained so prevalent in this part of the world. Xu shares:

Sea Turtles Ingesting Plastic at Record Rates

Sea turtle populations are in danger according to a new study, which has found that sea turtles worldwide are consuming approximately twice as much plastic as they were about 25 years ago. The study, which was published in Conservation Biology, found that young turtles are at the greatest risk of ingesting plastic. According to Mother Nature Network's Russell McLendon:

 

Africa Holds First Marine Debris Summit

The South African plastics industry and the African Department of Environmental Affairs crossed paths in June as they joined together for a summit on African marine debris, better known as plastic pollution. The summit was held in Cape Town, South Africa, at the South African National Biodiversity Institute, and was co-organised by the UN Environmental Programme with the aim of discussing the devastation left in the wake of plastic pollution. An article from AfriqueJet comments:

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