We may finally know where turtles spend their ‘lost years’

After they hatch, green turtles stay at sea for years—and biologists may finally have found where they spend that time.
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Plastic gets to the oceans through over 1,000 rivers

Scientists used to think 20 rivers at most carried most plastic into the oceans, but now they know it’s far more, complicating potential solutions.

Net gains: how India trawlers’ plastic catch is helping to rebuild roads

The waste caught by fishing boats used to be thrown back into the sea but in Kerala it is now turned into black gold.


BC and Woods Hole scientists show link between ocean pollution and illness

A new study draws some jarring conclusions on the link between ocean pollution and human health.


The journey of electronic bottles and the ocean plastic crisis

Researchers loaded containers with trackers and released them in the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal, giving new insight into how plastic pollution travels.

How far does plastic float when it gets tossed in the ocean?

A scientist put tracking devices on 25 bottles and put them in one of the world’s most polluted river to learn more about how plastic trash moves around the planet. The answer: almost 2,000 miles.

Tabulating the victims of plastic pollution

Hundreds of sea turtles and marine mammals have been choked, snared, and hooked by plastic debris.


U.S. generates more plastic trash than any other nation, report finds

The plastic pollution crisis has been widely blamed on a handful of Asian countries, but new research shows just how much the U.S. contributes.

Covid-19 pandemic has led to more ocean plastic pollution

The coronavirus has worsened the amount of plastic polluting the world's oceans. That's according to Dave Ford, founder of the environmental literacy organization SoulBuffalo and the Ocean Plastics Leadership Network.


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.


Plastics are messing with fish physiology

A systematic review exposes the dangers of tiny plastics and the hidden bias at the heart of plastic research.


Why bioplastics will not solve the world's plastics problem

The idea that bottles and packaging made of plant-based material can simply be discarded and then break down and disappear is false – recycling and reuse are the only strategies that can work.


Kauai artists collaborate with nature for marine debris projects

Ghost nets and plastic fragments are becoming collectibles as artists turn the trash into works of art.

What have we done to the whale?

The creatures once symbolized our efforts to save the planet; now they demonstrate all the ways we have devastated it.
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U.S. Steel abandons clean tech plans in Pittsburgh region following damning health study

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Fertility & Environmental Justice: A conversation with Shanna Swan and Annie Hoang

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Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking

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