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Ocean Pollution

El Niño Can Do Some Serious Trash Talking

Laura Faye Tenenbaum | Posted 09.15.2015 | Green
Laura Faye Tenenbaum

"The water is soooo warm!" That sentence keeps popping out of Angelenos' mouths. It's practically impossible to stick a toe into the California Pacific Ocean without making some sort of immediate involuntary exclamation regarding the water temperature.

Sea Sickness (or the Story of a Sick Sea)

Peter Neill | Posted 09.08.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

The world ocean is a sick sea. The symptoms are no longer deniable; the evidence mounts daily in nauseating waves of reported spills and leaks, dying reefs, depleted fisheries, and vast areas so oxygen-deprived that nothing lives. I keep looking for the good news.

Radiation in the Ocean

Peter Neill | Posted 09.01.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

The warming of the ocean surely has an impact on changing growth patterns of marine plants and animals, just as the changing pH or acidity of the ocean has been shown to modify habitat and migrations. But what else?

Sea of Japan Becoming a Dumping Ground for Trash From China and South Korea

Jeb Harrison | Posted 09.23.2015 | Green
Jeb Harrison

What is the more important issue here: cleaning up the sea and making sure it isn't polluted further or changing its name?

Kate Sheppard

A Little Good News About The Awful Amount Of Plastic In The Ocean | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green

CASCAIS, Portugal -- Giant patches of garbage floating in the ocean have received a lot of press in recent years. But they're just the tip of the prov...

Lynne Peeples

Surprise Finding Adds To Health Worries Over Ocean Plastic | Lynne Peeples | Posted 03.23.2015 | Green

Scientists are looking for -- and finding -- little bits of plastic in a lot of places lately: ice cores, deep sea sediments, coral reefs, crab gills,...

Animals At 'Gunpoint' Posters Will Make You Rethink Your Next Purchase

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 03.22.2015 | Green

Surfrider Foundation Europe has a simple message about consumer culture: "You buy, the sea pays." That's the motto behind a new ad campaign to com...

Here's How Your Toothpaste Might Be Killing Coral

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 03.06.2015 | Green

Microbeads might work to scrub us clean, but the tiny pieces of plastic found in some face wash, soap and toothpaste products can wreak havoc on coral...

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...

Reality Star Reveals The Stunning Pollution TV Cameras Didn't Show

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 04.06.2015 | Green

Last year, Alison Teal arrived on a Maldivian island completely naked and ready to do 21 days without food or water for Discovery Channel's reality sh...

Plastiglomerate: The Rock of the Future Made Into Sculpture

Rachel Mason | Posted 10.29.2014 | Arts
Rachel Mason

In 2013 the Canadian artist Kelly Jazvac and a geologist Patricia Corcoran discovered a new form of stone: they called it plastiglomerate, congealed masses of plastic waste merged with oceanic lava rock, coral, and sediment.

Oceanic Coal Pollution, Epic Rate

Dr. Reese Halter | Posted 10.11.2014 | Green
Dr. Reese Halter

Each year, the lion's share of mercury poison comes from burning more than 8.3 billion tons of coal to provide energy for electricity grids. As a result of this insatiable addiction to coal, mercury toxicity has tripled in our oceans to over 80,000 tons of poison. Eighty-four percent of fish tested are laced with methyl-mercury.

Study: Oceans More Tainted With Man-Made Mercury

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 08.07.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON (AP) — In much of the world's oceans, levels of the metal mercury are double to triple what they were before the industrial revolution, a...

Study: Plastic Debris Widespread On Ocean Surface

AP | By MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 08.30.2014 | Green

NEW YORK (AP) — Plastic junk is floating widely on the world's oceans, but there's less of it than expected, a study says. Such ocean...

Humans Are Leaving Their Mark On The Planet In The Worst Way Possible

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 06.19.2014 | Green

Humans will now be forever inscribed into the Earth's geological history. Our everlasting signature? Plastic-infused stones. The newly identified s...

This Ocean Art Is Beautiful And Horrifying At The Same Time

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 05.31.2014 | Green

They’re beautiful from a distance -- and appalling upon closer inspection. A styrofoam coral reef, a water bottle jelly fish and a plastic whale ...

Here's Another Reason To Worry About Melting Arctic Ice

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 05.29.2014 | Green

Melting ice sheets could spell disaster for coastal towns, but sea level rise is not the only threat Arctic thawing poses. In a new study published...

Living in a Plastic World

Marc Ross | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
Marc Ross

Supporting our culture of convenience is a pervasive material that, while seemingly harmless in our car's cup holders, actually does so much damage to our planet. But it is not an issue to be taken lightly anymore.

Search for Missing Plane Distracts From Bigger Environmental Concerns

David Dietz | Posted 06.10.2014 | Green
David Dietz

With each potential discovery our hopes were raised only for the authorities and the media to casually inform us the debris or oil slicks were not from a plane but sea trash and oil slicks. The media's nonchalance and our societal indifference is hardly surprising but astoundingly scary.

The Farallon Islands Mouse Eradication Project: The 'Con' in Conservation

Maggie Sergio | Posted 03.09.2014 | Green
Maggie Sergio

If this 1.3 metric ton poison drop is allowed to move forward, thousands of wild animals will be inhumanely poisoned, and in turn, those killed become a poisoned food source for other animals.

Can Superfund Save This Garbage-Strewn Island?

Miyoko Sakashita | Posted 02.09.2014 | Green
Miyoko Sakashita

We have a responsibility to protect this island -- and, in fact, all ocean habitats -- from the scourge of plastic pollution.

'It's Like Having A Heart Artery Obstructed'

AP | DANICA COTO | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Volunteers wore surgical gloves, many afraid to touch the water, as they picked through tangle...

The Price of Polluted Runoff

Sara Aminzadeh | Posted 07.12.2013 | Green
Sara Aminzadeh

Polluted stormwater runoff, a toxic soup of metals, oils and car fluids, bacteria, viruses and other harmful materials, is the number one source of contamination to California's renowned waters.

Why You Should Throw a Fishing Net on Your Floor

OnEarth | Posted 08.20.2013 | Green

By Jason Bittel, OnEarth You've likely never heard of Danajon Bank in the Philippines, but this double barrier reef -- one of only six in the world --...

STUDY: Ocean Litter Miles Deep At One Of California's Most Treasured Locations

The Santa Cruz Sentinel | Jason Hoppin | Posted 08.05.2013 | San Francisco

MOSS LANDING -- Look out across Monterey Bay, and one hardly thinks of a junkyard. But below the surface, decades of garbage have been piling up, a ne...