‘Garbarge’ delivers tonnes of marine debris recovered from B.C. coast

CTV Vancouver Published Tuesday, September 27, 2016 12:15PM PDT A barge loaded with 40 tonnes of garbage and marine debris from the west coast of Vancouver Island delivered its payload to the mainland Tuesday. The trash was collected from remote beaches by hundreds of volunteers over the past seven months, an operation organizers at Living Read More


Tsunami debris cleared from Island beaches – Times Colonist

Times Colonist 21 Sep 2016 JEFF LEE ARNT ARNTZEN, LIVING OCEANS SOCIETYA coastal recovery operation began Tuesday to clear dozens of beaches on the west coast of Vancouver Island of debris and plastics. Much of it washed ashore after the 2011 tsunami that swept Japan. Work began Tuesday to clear dozens of beaches on the Read More


NRDC – 10 Ways to Reduce Plastic Pollution

Help keep our marine life from eating and swimming in garbage. January 05, 2016 Sarah Engler While soaking up the relaxing cadence of crashing waves on the beach, no one wants to think about how the ocean has basically become garbage soup. But here’s the buzz-killing reality: There are millions of tons of debris floating Read More


Tiny plastic, big problem

Scientists find that tiny pieces of plastic travel great distances, threatening the ocean ecosystem By Alison Pearce Stevens Pieces of plastic float here in ocean water. This pollution is a growing problem, and not just because it’s ugly: Plastic can kill many kinds of marine life. Plastic bottles lying in the gutter. Grocery bags tangled in branches. Read More


This disturbing map shows just how much plastic is floating in our oceans

Drowning in plastic … the quarter of a million tonnes of plastic charted by a new survey may be only part of the picture.  Image: REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo Five trillion individual pieces, weighing a total of 268,000 tonnes. When the numbers are so big, it’s difficult to take in the full scale of the problem of Read More


Plastics in the Ocean Affecting Human Health

Author: Gianna Andrews This case study by students of Geology and Human Health course in the Department of Earth Sciences, Montana State University. Learn more about this project. Over a few decades, humans have managed to dump tons upon tons of garbage into the ocean. Of the most devastating elements of this pollution is that Read More


22 Facts About Plastic Pollution (And 10 Things We Can Do About It)

It seems nearly impossible to escape plastic in our every day lives, doesn’t it? And we can’t escape plastic pollution, either. Plastic is literally at my fingertips all day long. Plastic keyboard. Plastic framed computer monitor. Plastic mouse. The amount of plastic I encounter daily doesn’t end there. Chances are, you can relate. Plastic is Read More



A Global Tragedy for Our Oceans and Sea Life Plastic never goes away. And it’s increasingly finding its way into our oceans and onto our beaches. In the Los Angeles area alone, 10 metric tons of plastic fragments — like grocery bags, straws and soda bottles — are carried into the Pacific Ocean every day. Read More