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2013-12-18 23:00:55

Animal Support and its cofounders -- Dr. Michael Omidi, his brother Julian Omidi, and friend Maria Abaca – are proud to sponsor the Ocean Defenders Alliance, a marine conservation organization working to eliminate dangerous man-made debris that poses serious threat to ocean wildlife and habitats. (PRWEB) December 18, 2013 Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA), an organization dedicated to cleaning hazardous debris such as abandoned commercial fishing netsrefuse from the oceanmarine floor, has...

Microplastics Poison Marine Ecosystems
2013-12-03 11:11:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The dumping of human refuse has resulted in the world’s oceans being filled with tiny bits of plastic, and two new studies from a team of British researchers have found that high concentrations of these plastic bits severely impact the health of marine lugworms, an important part of marine food webs and the cycling of ocean sediments. According to the studies, which were published on Monday in the journal Current Biology, lugworms...

2013-10-30 11:02:01

Plastic litter is one of the most significant problems facing the world's marine environments. Yet in the absence of a coordinated global strategy, an estimated 20 million tons of plastic litter enter the ocean each year. A new report by authors from UCLA School of Law's Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment and UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability explores the sources and impacts of plastic marine litter and offers domestic and international policy...

Plastic Waste A Hazard For Subalpine Lakes
2013-10-07 13:42:37

Cell Press Many subalpine lakes may look beautiful and even pristine, but new evidence suggests they may also be contaminated with potentially hazardous plastics. Researchers say those tiny microplastics are likely finding their way into the food web through a wide range of freshwater invertebrates too. The findings, based on studies of Italy's Lake Garda and reported on October 7th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, suggest that the problem of plastic pollution isn't limited...

Microscopic Plastic Particles Found Throughout The Great Lakes
2013-09-02 08:24:52

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Great Lakes, the largest source of fresh water in the world, may not be so fresh anymore. That’s according to researchers with the University of Wisconsin-Superior, who, for the second year in a row, have found plastic particles in the Great Lakes. The team said this has little to do with empty plastic bottles found drifting along the shores of these large lakes. The problem is much worse. These particles being discovered...

2013-07-10 15:30:21

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. Erik Zettler of the Sea Education Association, Tracy Mincer of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Linda Amaral-Zettler of the Marine...

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....


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