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Marine Debris (Page 2)
Discovery of the 'Plastisphere' -- a new marine ecological communityEurekAlert | 11 Jul 2013
(American Chemical Society) The masses of plastic debris that float over large areas of the world's oceans have become new ecological communities that scientists have named the "Plastisphere." Their report in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology suggests that these novel habitats in the North Atlantic Ocean may harbor potential disease-causing microbes.
227: Reuse (radio)World Ocean Observatory | 03 Jul 2013
Reduce, reuse, recycle. The words "reduce" and "recycle" are common in our modern society, but what does it mean to reuse? In this episode of World Ocean Radio host Peter Neill will discuss the concept of reuse, successful ways in which we practice it globally and locally, and examples of both personal and industrial sea- and land-based failed practices which leave behind many things rendered seemingly obsolete.
Microbes Make Cozy Homes in Ocean's GarbageLiveScience | 01 Jul 2013
Inhabitants of the plastisphere include members of a group of bacteria, the vibrios, known to cause disease, and microbes known to break down the hydrocarbon bonds within plastics, genetic analysis revealed.
Scientists discover thriving colonies of microbes in ocean 'plastisphere'EurekAlert | 28 Jun 2013
(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Scientists have discovered a diverse multitude of microbes colonizing and thriving on flecks of plastic that have polluted the oceans -- a vast new human-made flotilla of microbial communities that they have dubbed the "plastisphere."
Carpet tiles out of abandoned fishing netsWorld Fishing | 11 Jun 2013
Nine thousand kilos of discarded fishing nets collected from beaches along the Danajon Bank, Philippines, have been collected and will be recycled into carpet tiles, as part of the Net-Works project.
MBARI research shows where trash accumulates in the deep seaEurekAlert | 06 Jun 2013
Surprisingly large amounts of discarded trash end up in the ocean. Plastic bags, aluminum cans, and fishing debris not only clutter our beaches, but accumulate in open-ocean areas such as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch." Now, a paper by researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute shows that trash is also accumulating in the deep sea, particularly in Monterey Canyon.
Partnership aims to reduce pollution from 'microplastics'EurekAlert | 06 Jun 2013
(Virginia Institute of Marine Science) A grant to a VIMS research team will help them develop and test a biodegradable replacement for one of the two main sources of marine microplastic pollution -- the "microbeads" found in scores of household products.
Divers try to free Rena debrisNew Zealand Herald | 14 May 2013
Six containers of pollutants remain to be emptied by divers working on the fast-disappearing hulk of the Rena.
Severe weather releases plastic beads from RenaNew Zealand Herald | 22 Apr 2013
Severe weather which hit the Bay of Plenty over the weekend, including swells of up to four metres at Astrolabe Reef, have caused the release of plastic beads from a damaged container in the sunken stern of the Rena.
Ecover to turn sea plastic into bottles in pioneering recycling schemeGuardian Unlimited | 07 Mar 2013
Ecover, the green cleaning brand, said on Thursday it will use plastic waste retrieved from the sea to create an entirely new type of sustainable and recyclable plastic bottle. The Belgian company is working with plastic manufacturer Logoplaste to combine plastic trawled from the sea with a plastic made from sugar cane ('Plant-astic') and recycled plastic, in what it is calling a world-first for packaging.
Our plastic rubbish killing sea lifeNew Zealand Herald | 04 Mar 2013
Dan Godoy hands me a plastic jar. It's filled with rubbish fragments: fishing line, rope, plastic bag pieces, remnants of plastic packaging, the end of an old balloon and blue, jagged hunks of a bucket, about the size of a 20c piece. The 224 pieces of plastic were found in the stomach of one turtle.
Japan Tsunami Marine Debris TweetchatNOAA's National Ocean Service | 22 Feb 2013
What types of debris are expected to reach U.S. shores and where? Is the debris radioactive? What should I do if I see debris? Get answers to these questions and more during our Japan Tsunami Marine Debris TweetChat on Wednesday, March 6 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
Professor in 'plastic hazard' callBBC | 14 Feb 2013
Researchers in the US and UK make a call to arms about classifying plastic waste - which threatens wildlife on land at at sea - as a hazard.