Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist

Academic publishers mak...

Who are the most ruthless capitalists in the western world? Whose monopolistic practices make Walmart look like a corner shop and Rupert Murdoch a socialist? You won’t guess the answer in a month of Sundays. While there are plenty of candidates, my vote goes not to the banks, the...
Plastics found in sea birds and filter feeders

Plastics found in sea b...

Migrating seabirds often skim across the water looking for food. They can’t distinguish plastic from fish and eat it. Jennifer Lavers has found large quantities of plastic in the stomachs of seabirds. 15% of one individual’s weight was plastic. Now it is known that floating...
Commission launches consultation on ship waste

Commission launches con...

The Commission has been reviewing the Directive on port reception facilities for several years now and is seen as the key European legislative act that can further encourage ships to deliver their waste at port rather than choosing to dump at sea. Dumping of garbage at sea is also a major...
Ban the bag and support long life

Ban the bag and support...

Another concern associated with bags in the marine environment is the way they degrade and there are concerns about the adverse effects from the fragmentation of petroleum based and bio based plastic bags into smaller pieces and whether dangerous substances are released to the environment...
“Plastic soup” is a vivid description for a sea polluted by broken-up particles of old plastic

“Plastic soup” is a viv...

It is sometimes thought that plastic soup occurs only in the major gyres of our oceans. However, such soup becomes visible anywhere, where wind, waves and currents concentrate rubbish floating in the water. It happens in the Netherlands and also in that beautiful blue Mediterranean Sea. 4...
Is ocean garbage killing whales?

Is ocean garbage killin...

Entanglement in plastic bags and fishing gear have long been identified as a threat to sea birds, turtles and smaller cetaceans. For large ocean-dwelling mammals, however, ingestion of such refuse is also emerging as a serious cause of disability and death, experts say. Grisly examples...
Commission seeks views on reducing plastic bag use

Commission seeks views ...

The European Commission is asking the public how best to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags. It will ask if charging and taxation would be effective, or if other options such as an EU-level ban on plastic carrier bags would be better. Opinions will also be sought on increasing the...
Scripps Study Finds Plastic in Nine Percent of ‘Garbage Patch’ Fishes

Scripps Study Finds Pla...

Two graduate students with the Scripps Environmental Accumulation of Plastic Expedition, or SEAPLEX, found evidence of plastic waste in more than nine percent of the stomachs of fish collected during their voyage to the North Pacific Subtropical Gyre. Based on their evidence, authors...
Washed Up : Alejandro Durán Photography

Washed Up : Alejandro D...

After my initial disgust at the sheer quantity of garbage littering the beaches of Sian Ka’an, Mexico’s first federally protected biosphere, I wondered what I could do with these materials and how I could alchemize this ugliness. I collected bags and bags of trash that had floated in...