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


Plastics in Our Oceans

  by Kimberly Amaral Strolling through the average supermarket, shoppers find literally hundreds (if not thousands) of items to make their lives easier. Individually wrapped snack cakes, plastic baggies to store sandwiches for lunch, unbreakable soda bottles, and disposable razors, diapers, and shampoo bottles. Unless specifically requested, even the bags we use to carry home Read More


The ocean is turning into a plastic soup

The ocean is turning into a plastic soup. Most plastic pollution at sea starts out on land as litter on beaches, streets and sidewalks. Rain or overwatering flushes that litter through a storm drain system or directly to creeks, streams and rivers that lead to the ocean.  After plastics enter the marine environment they slowly Read More