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The "eXXpedition" ocean plastic research mission has set sail March 9th in the remote South Pacific Ocean from Easter Island towards Tahiti, on the eighth leg of a pioneering all-female sailing voyage around the world for scientific research into ocean plastic. The aim of eXXpedition Round the Wo
Scientists have new evidence to explain why plastic is dangerous to sea turtles: the animals mistake the scent of plastic for food. Thus, a plastic bag floating in the sea not only looks like a jellyfish snack, but it gives off a similar odour.
Scientists have discovered a new species of marine animal in the deepest trench on Earth—a find which might normally be cause for celebration. However, the researchers also identified plastics in its body, highlighting the scale of the global pollution crisis.
Humanity is waking up to the crisis happening in our oceans. Warming and rising seas, acidification, plummeting fish stocks, and pollution are finding more space in newspapers and on political agendas. For small island states such as Palau, however, no such awakening was needed.
A government panel wound up three years of discussions Jan. 31 by effectively suggesting that releasing more than 1 million tons of water contaminated with radioactive substances at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant represented the most feasible option.
A more targeted approach to cleaning up plastic in the ocean could help to reduce seabird deaths, a researcher says. The idea from a New Zealand researcher comes amid predictions there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean within the next 30 years.
With virtually no predators, Midway is a haven for many species of seabirds and is home to the largest colony of albatross in the world. But Midway is also at the center of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a vast area of floating plastic collected by circulating oceanic currents.
Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga wants to find solutions at the “national level” to address “ocean clean-up” instead of just talking about it or leaving it to be a problem for the next generation.