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Marine Debris

Pro Surfer Stops Sea Monster from Reaching Beach

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 11.30.2015 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Ocean Trash is a modern day, scientifically documented Sea Monster. The photos are not fuzzy. Anyone with a camera can capture images of this beast o...

We Can Solve the Ocean Plastic Problem

Andreas Merkl | Posted 10.01.2015 | Green
Andreas Merkl

Practically every kind of animal, from plankton to whales, is now contaminated by plastic. It's in the birds, in the turtles, in the fish. At the current rate, we could have 1 ton of plastics for every 3 tons of fish by 2025.

Open Letter to Starbucks: Your "Green" Straws Make Mermaids Cry

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 09.02.2015 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Dear Starbucks, I am a real mermaid, not just a graphic on a plastic cup. As an ocean protection activist, environmental attorney and surf lover, I s...

Open Letter to Adidas: Walk the Talk

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 07.13.2015 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Adidas, I am a fan, so I write to you out of love. I grew up with your stripes on my feet singing Run DMC's "My Adidas!" I am also an environmental attorney with an expertise in plastic pollution, so I write to you out of my concern for the oceans.

Turning the Tide on Ocean Trash

Andreas Merkl | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Andreas Merkl

If you have visited the beach recently, you, too, know that ocean trash is a problem. You've likely seen cigarette butts littering the sand and grocery bags floating in the surf like plastic jellyfish. Unfortunately, the trash we see from shore is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.

Don't Forget the Ocean This Earth Day

Andreas Merkl | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Andreas Merkl

On April 22, 1970, the environmental movement was born when as many as 20 million Americans took to the streets to put the health of the planet front and center on the nation's political agenda.

270,000 Tons Of Plastic Currently Float In The Ocean

AP | Audrey McAvoy | Posted 12.11.2014 | Green

HONOLULU (AP) -- A new study estimates nearly 270,000 tons of plastic is floating in the world's oceans. That's enough to fill more than 38,500 garbag...

Ocean Conservancy Talks Trash... and Solutions

Andreas Merkl | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green
Andreas Merkl

In the long run, we need to fundamentally change our manufacturing paradigm, including how we produce, collect and reuse the range of products we depend upon every day. But in the short run, we have to stop the flow of plastics reaching the ocean.

Alissa Scheller

This Is How Your Plastic Bag Ends Up In Massive Ocean Garbage Patches | Alissa Scheller | Posted 04.22.2014 | Green

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. W...

PLASTIC: The Official Bag of California?

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

Politicizing the environment makes for bad government and pandering to a special interest constituency is no justification for trading the benefit and betterment of our environment for the privilege and profit of a select few.

The Latest on Microbes: New Insights Into the Life Lived on the Wee Small

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.12.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Microbes, they get a bad rap. But not all microbes are bad news. A couple new papers shed light on the latest good news on the microbial front.

A Labor Day Weekend How-to-Help-Save-the Ocean Video

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

For many Americans, Labor Day Weekend is traditionally the last one for a romp in oceans. Plastic should be on their minds. Study after study shows that we have a real plastic problem in our oceans.

Social Entrepreneurs and Saving the Ocean

Rod Fujita | Posted 03.19.2013 | Green
Rod Fujita

Asking "why" repeatedly can help identify first causes. Why is there so much trash on the beach, and why do we have to clean it up repeatedly?

Ocean Plastic's Impact on Wild Sea Turtles

Wallace J Nichols | Posted 02.10.2013 | Green
Wallace J Nichols

Our plastic footprint is on remote beaches, in isolated patches of ocean and in the stomachs of wild endangered animals. But there's nothing convenient about our future with plastic. We have a lot of work to do to reverse this mess.

Big Wins at Rio+20's: A Platform, Partnerships and Business Opportunities to Stop Plastic Pollution

Leila Monroe | Posted 08.22.2012 | Green
Leila Monroe

What do mushrooms, tires and soda bottles have in common? They are all being used, recycled or even upcycled through innovative programs that prevent waste from entering the environment.

If the Sea Was a Child: In Honor of World Oceans Day

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 08.05.2012 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

If not now, when? If not this, what? If not us, who -- who will speak for the sea as a child? If the sea was a child, what would you do to save the sea?

Kyra Sedgwick Leads Global Call to End Plastic Pollution at United Nations

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.31.2012 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Kyra Sedgwick, film actress and star of television's popular show The Closer, is using her famed communications skills to educate the public and world leaders about something that really upsets her: single-use plastics.

Plastic Free Campuses: Because It's Their World to Change

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 03.31.2012 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

College students are taking up the challenge of saving the Earth for themselves, because the "grownups" in our nation's capital, and the state capitals as well, just don't get it.

Frivolous Challenge: Nation's Most Progressive Plastic Bag Ban in Peril

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 03.13.2012 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

It's corporate bullying by the plastic industry to make cities and counties think twice before passing environmental laws that cut into their profits, laws that are supported by the majority of residents who prefer to live in clean communities.

Too Valuable to Toss: Why We Should Partner With Industry to Eliminate Ocean Trash

Vikki N. Spruill | Posted 11.13.2011 | Impact
Vikki N. Spruill

The biggest challenge we face in saving our ocean is that so many of the threats are beneath the ocean's surface, literally out of sight and out of mind.

Taking the Trash Out of Our Oceans

Michelle Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michelle Harris

Carelessly tossed fishing lines, nets and plastic bags have been harming sea birds and marine life.