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Thriving Colonies Of Microbes Discovered In Ocean 'Plastisphere'
2013-06-27 15:28:13

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." In a study recently published online in Environmental Science & Technology, the scientists say the plastisphere represents a novel ecological habitat in the ocean and raises a host of questions: How will it change...

Deep Sea Trash
2013-06-06 11:39:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For years, people have known about the amount of human-generated trash that ends up in the ocean, but a new study in the journal Deep-Sea Research I: Oceanographic Research Papers showed just how deep our detritus sinks, particularly in the waters around Monterey, California. "We were inspired by a fisheries study off Southern California that looked at seafloor trash down to 365 meters,” said lead author Kyra Schlining, a senior...

2013-06-04 23:20:27

Indra's Net is a modern-day artistic interpretation of the interconnectedness between human actions, marine mammals and the ocean. The interactive installation opens to the public June 8, 2013. Sausalito, CA (PRWEB) June 04, 2013 Starting on World Oceans Day, June 8, visitors to The Marine Mammal Center will be able to touch, learn and participate in a new art installation called, Indra's Net. Legend has it that Indra, a Hindu god, cast a jewel-encrusted net over the infinite universe....

2013-05-14 08:24:20

Cigarettes, food packaging and plastic bottles top the list of trash collected, totaling weight of 10 Boeing 747 jumbo jets WASHINGTON, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The total amount of trash picked up during Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup surpassed the 10 million pound mark, according to data released today - with the second highest total items reported in the Cleanup's 27-year history. The new numbers offer a snapshot of the trash found along the ocean...

2013-04-09 11:19:52

Floating plastic debris – which helps populate the infamous "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" in the Pacific Ocean – has become a problem in the Great Lakes, the largest body of fresh water in the world. Scientists reported on the latest findings from the Great Lakes here today at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society. "The massive production of plastic and inadequate disposal has made plastic...

2013-01-16 23:01:37

KCF's Smart Tether is integral in helping the Rozalia Project goal to clean oceans and other waterways during their Trash Tour 2012. State College, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) January 16, 2013 526,481 pieces of marine debris weighing over 86 tons, 72 locations in 17 states, 10,529 participants, and KCF Technologies´ Smart Tether was part of it. In December 2012 the Rozalia Project announced the completion of their Trash Tour 2012 and Smart Tether played a large role in the tour´s...

2012-10-23 21:15:21

Studies confirm that twice as much marine debris is lying on the seabed today compared to ten years ago The sea bed in the Arctic deep sea is increasingly strewn with litter and plastic waste.  As reported in the advance online publication of the scientific journal Marine Pollution Bulletin by Dr. Melanie Bergmann, biologist and deep-sea expert at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in the Helmholtz Association. The quantities of waste observed at the AWI...

2012-10-10 11:21:43

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Environmentally-conscious cleaning product company Method is launching its latest innovation in sustainable packaging - bottles made from a blend of plastic recovered from the ocean and post-consumer recycled plastic. This limited edition packaging is for a new Method product, a two-in-one hand and dish soap, available exclusively at Whole Foods Market stores nationwide. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:...

Expedition Embarks To Study Effects Of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
2012-10-03 11:43:06

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Robert C. Seamans, a tall ship owned and operated by Sea Education Association (SEA) will leave port October 3, 2012, on a research expedition. The journey is dedicated to examining the effects of plastic marine debris in the ocean ecosystem, including debris generated by the 2011 Japanese tsunami. The ship will be out for a 37-day cruise, during which members aboard the Woods Hole, Massachusetts-based research vessel will...

2012-09-13 02:23:14

WASHINGTON, Sept. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Ocean Conservancy is stepping outside the traditional nonprofit role to create change through technology with the release of Rippl, a free iOS app to help users improve their sustainable lifestyle while simultaneously helping the ocean. Rippl, designed by Invoke Media, helps people make simple changes that transform their habits, save them money and decrease their trash impact. For more details on Rippl:...