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Every Animal Pulled From the Deepest Part of the Ocean Had Plastic in Its Gut

Every Animal Pulled From the Deepest Part of the Ocean Had Plastic in Its Gut

Stories of whales, turtles, and seabirds with guts filled with plastic have become increasingly common.  Recently, a team of scientists wanted to determine the extent of plastic pollution and its effects on animals by investigating the most remote regions of the ocean, sending vehicles to the deepest marine trenches to collect tiny amphipods — shrimp-like creatures — that...

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Europe to Ban Single-use Plastic

Europe to Ban Single-use Plastic

In an environmentally historic vote, the European Parliament has moved to ban single-use plastic products across Europe. This ban outlaws plastic bags, straws, plates, cups, drink stirrers and cotton swabs. Every year, 80 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean — at a rate of a dump truck every minute....

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Can you solve the plastics problem? New prize invites ideas.

Can you solve the plastics problem? New prize invites ideas.

  Plastic is everywhere. It pools in the farthest reaches of the ocean and collects on the slopes of the highest mountains; researchers have found it in whales’ bellies and in the groundwater reserves we tap for drinking. Every day, about one megaton more is produced, enough to make almost 22 trillion water bottles—and more than 90...

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Why stop at plastic bags and straws? The case for a global treaty banning most single-use plastics

Why stop at plastic bags and straws? The case for a global treaty banning most single-use plastics

Single-use plastics are a blessing and a curse. They have fueled a revolution in commercial and consumer convenience and improved hygiene standards, but also have saturated the world’s coastlines and clogged landfills. By one estimate 79 percent of all plastic ever produced is now in a dump, a landfill or...

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