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Plastic Pollution

Don't Forget the Ocean This Earth Day

Andreas Merkl | Posted 04.22.2015 | 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.

Why you Should See the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

MAJR | Posted 04.15.2015 | College
MAJR

We were in the middle of the North Pacific with no land in sight, hunting for garbage. One of the crew spotted a bigger object that we harpooned to bring on board. It was a floating tire, and by the amount of algae and rust on it, it had been out here a long time.

Meet Rajeesh, The Man Who Has To Live With Our Plastic Pollution

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 04.08.2015 | Green

Imagine if you were confronted with overwhelming plastic pollution every single day. That's life for Rajeesh, the supervisor and resident of Thila...

Lynne Peeples

Surprise Finding Adds To Health Worries Over Ocean Plastic

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

The Inventor Of Keurig K-Cups Is Feeling Pretty Guilty Right Now

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 03.04.2015 | Green

If your morning routine involves popping a pod into your trusty Keurig coffeemaker, contemplate this: Not only are K-Cups destroying the environment, ...

World's Oceans Clogged By Millions Of Tons Of Plastic Trash

Reuters | Posted 04.15.2015 | Green

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON, Feb 12 (Reuters) - The world's oceans are clogged with plastic debris, but how much of it finds its way in...

Sledageddon: Plastic Sled Mess of Central Park

Chana Widawski | Posted 04.04.2015 | Green
Chana Widawski

It was a warzone. A plastic battlefield. Shards of plastic were strewn about, peppering the snow-covered slopes with colorful bits of rubble, edges sharp as knives. Debris of all shapes and sizes in scattered piles atop the hill overlooked the shattered wreckage down below. It was a plastic wasteland.

Plastic: It's What's for Dinner

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 03.29.2015 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

If it hasn't been incinerated, every piece of plastic ever produced is still with us. There is no time for any species to biologically adapt to cope with plastic, including us. We have to make an effort to culturally evolve with way less plastic.

Bad Trash to Good Cash: Solutions for Recycling, Repurposing, and Profiting From Modern-day Waste

Peter Neill | Posted 03.08.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

Without substantive recycling, in these ways or others, we perpetuate waste. Waste is excess. Excess is pollution. Pollution dirties our air, corrupts our land, fouls our water, poisons our ocean, and diminishes our future.

2015 Climate Change Forecast

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 02.22.2015 | Green
Marcia G. Yerman

I'm pretty sure that Inhofe must be reading different news feeds than I am, otherwise, how could he fail to be as concerned as I am? Below are some of my top anxieties, not necessarily in order of my angst:

Consume Less of This One Thing for Your 2015 Resolution

Hannah Helsabeck | Posted 02.21.2015 | Green
Hannah Helsabeck

I am choosing to use fewer plastics as my resolution because I think the consumption of single-use plastic items has spiraled out of control -- even costing us our personal and environmental health.

The Externalities of Climate Change

Peter Neill | Posted 02.01.2015 | Green
Peter Neill

Mountaintop removal, hydraulic fracturing, open pit mining, dams, highways, filled wetlands -- these are just some of the many other examples of human-engineered intrusion into natural systems that are not typically planned or valued within the full context and cost of their use.

College Kids With One Thing on their Mind: Service

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 01.20.2015 | College
Lisa Kaas Boyle

What do college kids do on a day off? Well, you might be surprised by the group I met up with on Will Rogers Beach on Veteran's Day who were using the hours before sunset to clean up the beach.

Coalition of the Willing: Cleaning up a Dam[n] Mess

Belinda Waymouth | Posted 12.18.2014 | Green
Belinda Waymouth

Scientists believe steelhead are more likely to survive climate change without the dam. Creek water temperatures will increase along with air temperature, possibly exceeding the steelhead's tolerance range.

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.

It's Time to Take this Poisonous Plastic Out of Our Oceans

Miyoko Sakashita | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green
Miyoko Sakashita

Despite its status as one of the most hazardous consumer products ever created, PVC and its associated chemical additives are managed in much the same way as food scraps and grass clippings after disposal.

Romanian NGO on Their Way to Guinness Book for Building the Largest Plastic Bottles Bridge in Timisoara

Cosmin Gheorghe | Posted 09.25.2014 | Impact
Cosmin Gheorghe

It is a different version of Bridge Over Troubled Waters, as the trouble here is the plastic waste.

These Fishermen Make Chairs From Garbage They Find While Out At Sea

The Huffington Post | Clarke Reilly | Posted 07.29.2014 | Green

Most of us know there are unfortunate amounts of plastic floating about in the world's oceans and that the ubiquitous substance is even making its way...

Rescue for the Global Ocean (Part 3)

Peter Neill | Posted 09.21.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Our series on the new Global Ocean Commission report, From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean, continues this week, addressing...

Rescue for the Global Ocean (Part 2)

Peter Neill | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

This initiative represents a powerful and focused effort on the part of international leaders to regenerate and refocus our collective energy on solutions that respond most directly to the intervening negative circumstances that have challenged the world ocean ecosystem to its core.

Rescue for the Global Ocean (Part I)

Peter Neill | Posted 09.07.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

These are complicated issues and solutions. Each and every one merits further exposition and discussion; their importance demands that we address each one in more detail over ensuing posts.

Microbeads

Peter Neill | Posted 08.23.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

There are alternatives: ground apricot shells and cocoa beans are proposed as substitute natural exfoliates for the various products. But if the industry ignores the argument and resists product modification, there is as always the option to legislate a solution.