Plastic Pollution – GBRI
 

The news that a team of researchers from South Korea’s Incheon National University and Greenpeace East Asia found microplastics in a whopping 90% of table salt they sampled shouldn’t really come as a surprise considering how ruthlessly we are dumping millions of tons of plastic trash into our water bodies every year. Microplastics are virtually everywhere. […]

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A 2015 study involving seabirds and marine plastic debris, undertaken by a team of scientists from Australia and Britain, found that almost 90% of the seabirds alive had pieces of plastic in their guts. Now if our plastic consumption continues at the present rate, 99% of seabirds will carry plastic in their guts by 2050. And […]

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A recent research has confirmed that microplastics that contaminate our water bodies are spread to new environments via insects who ingest them. In fact, a research has found nearly half of the mayfly and caddisfly larvae in rivers in Wales contained microplastics. This also proves to be fatal for birds and animals who feed on such […]

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Marine plastic pollution is killing sea animals at an alarming rate and a recent research by scientists just confirmed how even a single piece of plastic can prove deadly for creatures like sea turtles. There have been so many instances of turtles getting washed up on beaches tangled in plastic, their post-mortem reports revealing bellies […]

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Everyone knew this was not going to be an easy task, but it had to be done nevertheless. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch floating between California and Hawaii is finally about to get cleaned up, thanks to a marine apparatus system created by The Ocean Cleanup, the brainchild of 24-year-old Boyan Slat. Boyan founded The Ocean Cleanup in 2013 […]

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Styrofoam, unlike some other forms of plastic, cannot be easily recycled. And it takes up to 500 years to break down. Because of its cheap, lightweight, insulating and excellent packing ability, it is used widely around the globe. It is estimated that styrofoam alone takes up around 30%of global landfill space! Now when Luke Clay and […]

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Plastic pollution is not just ruining our oceans and marine ecosystems, it is very much present in our freshwater lakes too. In fact, a 2016 report revealed that an alarming 9,887 metric tonnes of plastic waste ends up in the Great Lakes annually. The issue for the Great Lakes, as explained by professor Chelsea Rochman from […]

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