ocean pollution

Federal Government Creates Largest ‘Critical Habitat’ Ever to Protect Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

Federal Government Creates Largest ‘Critical Habitat’ Ever to Protect Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

Yesterday, 300,000 square miles of ocean along the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts was set aside as critical habitat in the largest designation ever in U.S. history. The ruling seeks to protect the nesting and

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Melting Arctic Ice Could Release a Trillion Pieces of Plastic into the Sea

Melting Arctic Ice Could Release a Trillion Pieces of Plastic into the Sea

Melting Arctic ice is poised to unleash a torrent of more than 1 trillion pieces of plastic into the ocean over the next 10 years. According to a new report, there's an immense amount of plastic trapped

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Remarkable 3D Maps Show Huge Blotches of Toxic Lead in the Atlantic

Remarkable 3D Maps Show Huge Blotches of Toxic Lead in the Atlantic

New 3D maps released at the 2014 Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu show that a huge mass of Atlantic seawater is infused with traces of lead - a pollutant that was widely used in the automobile industry

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Inhabitat’s Top 7 News Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Important!

Inhabitat’s Top 7 News Stories of 2013 – Vote for the Most Important!

With 2014 just around the corner, we are taking a retrospective look at the biggest news stories of 2013, and we're seeing a healthy combination of both really disturbing, depressing news and positive

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Whale Ear Wax Used to Form a Detailed Record of Ocean Pollutants

Whale Ear Wax Used to Form a Detailed Record of Ocean Pollutants

To understand the world's changing climate, scientists often look to tree cores and ice samples. For a record of ocean pollutants, researchers are beginning to turn to whale ear wax. Since whales are

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400,000 Plastic Sandals Upcycled Into Colorful Oceanside Sculptures

400,000 Plastic Sandals Upcycled Into Colorful Oceanside Sculptures

Although ocean beaches are one of the most beautiful parts of nature, they're also the place we're most likely to come face to face with the ugly side of overconsumption. Beaches around the world are

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The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating “Ocean Cleanup Array”

The Fallacy of Cleaning the Gyres of Plastic With a Floating “Ocean Cleanup Array”

As the policy director of the ocean conservation nonprofit 5Gyres.org, I can tell you that the problem of ocean plastic pollution is massive. In case you didn't know, an ocean gyre is a rotating current

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The Top 5 Environmental Issues Humanity Should Be Thinking About in 2013

The Top 5 Environmental Issues Humanity Should Be Thinking About in 2013

Image via Shutterstock Like too many fruit flies in a bottle, there are now so many humans on this finite planet that we are changing our environment to be less favorable for a comfortable and enduring

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San Francisco America’s Cup to be a Spectacular Zero-Waste Yacht Race

San Francisco America’s Cup to be a Spectacular Zero-Waste Yacht Race

Organizers of America's Cup expect at least five million people to turn out for this year's spectacular yacht race in San Francisco, which is slated to be a zero-waste affair. In a mammoth undertaking,

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5 Gyres Update: The Finale of Our Oceanic Plastic Research Expedition

5 Gyres Update: The Finale of Our Oceanic Plastic Research Expedition

My journey on the Sea Dragon with the 5 Gyres crew — sponsored by Electrolux — has finally come to a close, and I am back home safe and sound.

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5 Gyres Report: Sampling Chilean Water for Plastic Pollution

5 Gyres Report: Sampling Chilean Water for Plastic Pollution

Our plastic research expedition -- and my trip sponsored by Electrolux -- has made its way north to the top of the Chilean fjords and we were just anchored safely in the Caleta Lamento del Indio, waiting

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5 Gyres Journey Update: Inhabitat’s Brit Liggett Reports from the Sea Dragon

5 Gyres Journey Update: Inhabitat’s Brit Liggett Reports from the Sea Dragon

Our search for plastic pollution in the Chilean fjords continues. The Sea Dragon and its crew -- including yours truly, thanks to a sponsorship from Electrolux -- have been toughing out some pretty

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Inhabitat’s Brit Liggett Reports from the South Sea on the Search for Plastic Pollution

Inhabitat’s Brit Liggett Reports from the South Sea on the Search for Plastic Pollution

Hello from Chile! Our plastic research expedition with the 5 Gyres Project has set sail in the Beagle Channel and is just coming up on the Magellan Strait. I've been chatting more with Anna Rotander, our

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Inhabitat Sails The South Seas To Look For For Ocean Garbage – With 5 Gyres Project!

Inhabitat Sails The South Seas To Look For For Ocean Garbage – With 5 Gyres Project!

My trip was off to a rocky start but I've arrived in Puerto Williams, Chile and spent my first night on the Sea Dragon (our ship) last night. After the long haul from New York City to the southernmost

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Inhabitat Sets Sail With the 5 Gyres Project to Explore Plastic Pollution in Chile

Inhabitat Sets Sail With the 5 Gyres Project to Explore Plastic Pollution in Chile

Hello from south of the Equator! I'm excited to announce that I've been chosen to be a crew member on the latest 5 Gyres mission, which will study plastic pollution (like the debris in Punta Arenas, Chile

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