After a storm, microplastics in Sydney's Cooks River increased 40 fold

To inner west Sydneysiders, the Cooks River is known to be particularly polluted. But after a storm, microplastic particles increased more than 40 fold.
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These corals choose to eat plastic over food

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Hawaii’s newest black sand beach already contains plastic pollution

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AusMAP's war on microplastic pollution enlists foot soldiers from all over Australia

From afar, it might look like Michelle Blewitt is teaching bystanders how to pan for gold, as she vigorously shakes a sieve full of sand on a beach, but on closer inspection, she is teaching locals how to hunt for microplastics.

Peter Dykstra:  The 800-lb (cheap, plastic) gorilla in our oceans

Save for one word, Walter Brooke (1914-1986) had an unremarkable career as a Hollywood bit player, usually as a mid-level military officer fighting Indians or Nazis.

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These microplastics cause huge problems for marine life and can be colonized by microbes dangerous to humans.
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