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Researchers at RIT to study pollution of microplastics on Lake Ontario

Plastic debris has been accumulating in bodies of water around the world for decades, impacting wildlife, commerce, and the entire ecosystem. As part of a newly-funded research effort, a team of Rochester Institute of Technology researchers will study how microplastics are affecting Lake Ontario.

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How Republican Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan teamed with a climate-crusading Democrat to pass an ocean cleanup bill

An unlikely friendship between a climate change champion from the East Coast and Alaska's junior U.S. senator paved the way for a bipartisan effort in Congress to begin ridding the ocean of plastic debris.

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New funding to study microplastics pollution on Delaware Bay blue crabs

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