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The world’s biggest garbage patch is growing. How can we clean it up?

The ocean is full of trash. Whether it’s on the coast, near the coast, in the open ocean, or on the seafloor, evidence of humanity’s impact on the environment is widespread and abundant. Each year, 160 billion pounds of trash is dumped into the oceans. And then it gets trapped. SEE ALSO: Recycling in the...CONTINUE READING
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Massive waves of garbage wash ashore in Philippines

Literal garbage crashed ashore in the Philippines capital’s waterfront as a result of heavy rain and flooding from over the weekendOcean Conservancy reports that China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam dump more plastic into the sea than the rest of the world combined. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Oceans, Philippines, Pollution, and Pollution And Environment...CONTINUE READING
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The rogue emitters of an ozone-killing chemical have been exposed. How can they be stopped?

A crooked industry in China has been releasing ozone-depleting chemicals into Earth’s atmosphere for years. Now, many of the culprits have been exposed.  CFC-11, an illegal chemical used to make foam insulation used in homes and buildings, has been banned globally for decades. But scientists spotted an uptick in the chemical’s abundance in the air...CONTINUE READING
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Lyft offsets carbon emissions, but still relies on gas-guzzling cars

In an announcement not-so-subtly timed to Earth Day, Lyft proclaimed its ride service is now carbon neutral. In the fight against climate change Lyft co-founders John Zimmer and Logan Green explained this week that the San Francisco company was purchasing carbon offsets, making Lyft “one of the top voluntary purchasers of carbon offsets in the...CONTINUE READING
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Plastic straws, cotton buds, and drinks stirrers could be banned in the UK

The UK government has announced plans to ban the sale of plastic straws, drink stirrers, and plastic-stemmed cotton buds in an effort to cut down on single-use plastics waste.  SEE ALSO: These people are giving up plastic for Lent and it’s all because of ‘Blue Planet II’ In an official statement, the government said it...CONTINUE READING
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Philippines temporarily closes popular holiday island to tourists due to pollution

One of Philippines’ most popular tourist destinations will be off-limits to visitors in a few weeks. The entire island of Boracay will be closed to visitors from Apr. 26, so that it can receive a massive clean-up of dumped sewage and upgrades to its drainage systems, a spokesperson for President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed Thursday. It...CONTINUE READING
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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is up to 16 times more massive than thought

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP), a massive area of floating plastic debris that is more than twice the size of Texas, contains about 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic. This is between 4 and 16 times the mass of plastic that scientists previously estimated.  What’s worse is that the amount of plastic within this area...CONTINUE READING
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Diver films himself swimming in sea filled with plastic rubbish

It’s no secret that our oceans have a problem with pollution from plastic waste, with currents spreading it far and wide. You can see it first hand in a video shot by diver Rich Horner, who swam off Manta Point in Nusa Penida, Indonesia on Saturday, surrounded by plastic trash. SEE ALSO: Zero waste iPhone?...CONTINUE READING
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