Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Plastic pollution: we all know it's a problem. In 2015, we produced almost 450 million tons of plastic, with that number expected to double by 2050.

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Microplastics wash out of your clothing and into the ocean. Some simple fixes could help

At five millimetres or smaller, microplastics are a growing problem in the world’s waters. They harm the food chain, showing up in plankton, the digestion systems of mammals, and seafood consumed by humans.
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Canada is drowning in plastic waste — and recycling won't save us

The federal government is calling for a new “circular economy” that would rely on massively scaling up existing recycling facilities and still-nascent recycling technologies to keep disposable plastic ubiquitous in our daily lives. But can recycling really save us?
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Where does plastic pollution go when it enters the ocean?

Each bit of plastic takes a unique journey once it reaches the ocean. We're trying to spot the patterns.
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Ship hull coatings may be a major source of microplastic pollution

When we hear about microplastic particles polluting the ocean, the usual suspected sources are degraded consumer plastic goods and synthetic textile fibers from washing machines. A new study, however, suggests that much of the blame lies with protective hull coatings on ships.

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The Ultramarine Ocean Summit aims to promote ocean conservation

By bringing together scientists, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and artists, this three-day summit aims to inspire action towards a healthier ocean.
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They're everywhere: New study finds polyester fibres throughout the Arctic Ocean

Microplastic pollution is a global issue, but where do they come from and how are they transported across the ocean?

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Plastic chokes hundreds of marine animals, including SC sea turtles, according to report

Almost 1,800 marine animals ate or were caught up in plastic trash in the last decade, according to a new report that has compiled data on U.S. strandings.

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Study finds laundry lint causing damage to marine life

A new study draws attention to a lesser-known source of plastic waste that's found its way into our waterways: laundry lint.

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More than 14m tons of plastic believed to be at the bottom of the ocean

Thirty times more plastic is on the ocean floor than the surface, analysis suggests, but more is trapped on land than on sea.

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We estimate up to 14 million tonnes of microplastics lie on the seafloor. It's worse than we thought

This is up to 35 times more than the estimated weight of plastic pollution on the ocean’s surface.
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New experiments measure how much plastic is in our bodies

We know we’re ingesting plastic every day. But what happens to it is still a mystery. Scientists are now trying to figure out how much is staying in our organs, and what the long-term health effects might be.
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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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Watch how much microplastic flows from our rivers into the ocean

This video shows the flow of plastics through 10 key rivers, with the largest amount of plastic found in China’s Yangtze River.
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These legless turtles are no mutants

Injured by fishing nets and other sea debris, a pilot project is creating prosthetic flippers for the endangered creatures.

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