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Plastic Pollution

Kids at Beach Cry 'Clean Me Up!'

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 07.27.2014 | Los Angeles
Lisa Kaas Boyle

From the San Fernando Valley Sun:Nearly 4,000 Los Angeles kids, teachers and volunteers send a giant text message from the ocean to "CLEAN ME UP :)"...

Plastic Is Food Poisoning

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 06.28.2014 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

Phthalates used to soften and make flexible rigid plastics like PVC, are also endocrine disrupters. Just like BPA, the impacts from these endocrine disrupters is most dangerous when the fetus is developing.

How To Solve The Plastic Pollution Problem And Poverty At The Same Time

Mother Nature Network | Starre Vartan | Posted 04.26.2014 | Green

This story originally appeared on Mother Nature Network: It's beyond sobering and bordering on infuriating: Almost every piece of plastic ever made...

Alissa Scheller

This Is How Your Plastic Bag Ends Up In Massive Ocean Garbage Patches

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

How Recycling Will Help The World's Poor Earn Money, Access To 3-D Printers, More

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 04.22.2014 | Impact

Two Canadian entrepreneurs may have discovered a way to simultaneously tackle the issues of poverty and plastic pollution. Shaun Frankson and Davi...

Global Partnership for the Oceans

Peter Neill | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Of the many organizations and initiatives dedicated to ocean sustainability, we often point to smaller groups and individuals attempting and succeeding in making a difference through specific actions directed at local issues and solutions.

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.

Waste-Free Ocean

Peter Neill | Posted 05.24.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

Can we stop just throwing that plastic away? Can we convert that coastal trash and plastic island in the Pacific from a problem to a solution? Can we imagine and sustain a waste-free ocean?

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.

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.

Kate Abbey-Lambertz

Tiny Plastic Beads Are Invading The Great Lakes. Here's How To Stop Them.

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 10.30.2013 | Green

Several months ago, scientists warned that tiny microbeads, a common ingredient in facial cleansers, were flowing into the Great Lakes, with no way t...

SoBe Ad Campaign Takes Environmental Ignorance To A New Level

The Huffington Post | Gabriela Aoun | Posted 10.25.2013 | Green

You know how online ads are supposed to know exactly what you want to see and buy? Well online ads don’t know Stiv Wilson. The communications di...

Innovation Earth: Is Zeoform The Plastic Of The Future?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

I'm outside on a Sunday afternoon writing this column, so ostensibly I should be enjoying the cloudless blue sky and soft breeze as it whispers throug...

Waves' Collision

Peter Neill | Posted 11.17.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

By joining these organizations and collectivizing concern and financial capacity, some steps can be effectively taken, but when the effect is calculated today through connection to and awareness of specific ocean issues, the outcome is wanting, almost negligible.

Climate Change: A Religious Perspective

Mohammed Salarbux | Posted 11.17.2013 | Green
Mohammed Salarbux

It has been counter-productive just to blame religion per se for obstructive solutions to rectify and address climate change, instead of focusing on the impact that consumerism has had on the ecosystem.

Citizen Science

Peter Neill | Posted 11.04.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

The new and ever increasing interest in robotics among students young and old suggests real potential for future ocean science.

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.

The Plastisphere

Peter Neill | Posted 10.13.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

In a study recently published online in Environmental Science & Technology, the scientists suggest that "the plastisphere represents a novel ecological habitat in the ocean and raises a host of questions": How will it change environmental conditions for marine microbes, favoring some that compete with others?

Mind Over Plastic: The Future Is Now

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 06.27.2013 | Impact
Matthew Spiegl

In 1955, LIFE magazine featured the article "Throwaway Living" which extolled the virtues of disposable items such as single-use plastics and foretold...

California to Legislators: Stop Bogging Down Bag Bill

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 07.22.2013 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

California is recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in environmental causes, but our legislators have been far too entangled with the petrochemical lobby to get the job done on banning plastic bags statewide.

Matt Rutherford's Mission to Make Ocean Research Affordable

Lesleyann Coker | Posted 07.21.2013 | Green
Lesleyann Coker

'I can teach a person the skills necessary to cross an ocean alone, but I can't teach the mentality a person needs to sail alone across an ocean. If you don't learn to control fear, fear will control you. Exploration is the physical expression of intellectual passion.'

A Teachable Moment About Plastic Bag Bans

Daniel T. Blumstein | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
Daniel T. Blumstein

Plastic pollution is largely preventable. Use less by trying not to use disposable, single-use plastic utensils, bottles, and containers. Eliminate or reduce the use of plastics in packing materials. Bring your own reusable bag (but be sure to clean them periodically).

Think Beyond Plastic: Where Do We Go From Here?

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green
Matthew Spiegl

We have become a society of convenience and exploited plastic without regard for the impact on our environment. We take for granted the fragile balance of earth, air and ocean that serves as our life support system. But what do we do to support it in return?

Garbage-infested Oceans Need Superfund Help

Miyoko Sakashita | Posted 02.13.2013 | Green
Miyoko Sakashita

While hundreds of tons of plastic garbage have been removed from the area, much more remains. We've ignored this problem for decades; that has to end before this special place is ruined forever.

Cal Chamber vs. Sixth Graders: Who's the Real Job Killer?

Matthew Spiegl | Posted 10.30.2012 | San Francisco
Matthew Spiegl

The sky isn't falling, but the demand for Styrofoam to-go food ware is, and nowhere is that more evident than the State of California.