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Marine Debris

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

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...

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.