Oceans

Researchers Use Magnets to Remove Microplastics From Water

Researchers Use Magnets to Remove Microplastics From Water

Researchers at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) have discovered a way to use magnetic materials to quickly and affordably remove microplastics from water. The findings show the materials work to remove plastic particles 1,000 times smaller than plastics currently detectable in existing water treatment plants. The team developed an adsorbent from nanomaterials, including […]

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    Sinking Nation Tuvalu Calls for Treaty Ending Fossil Fuel Use at COP27

    Sinking Nation Tuvalu Calls for Treaty Ending Fossil Fuel Use at COP27

    In the late 1960s, when the nations of the world were concerned about the spread of a potentially civilization-ending technology, they came together and signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Now, in the face of a civilization-threatening climate crisis, a vulnerable island nation wants to do the same thing for the fossil […]

    Trash Gathered at National Parks Reveals Need to Speed Plastic Phaseout

    Trash Gathered at National Parks Reveals Need to Speed Plastic Phaseout

    From July 1 to September 30 of this year, more than 500 citizen scientists recorded the litter they encountered at national parks and federal lands across the country as part of the Plastic-Free Parks TrashBlitz. Now, the results are in and they indicate that policy makers need to speed up their timeline for getting single-use […]

    Marine Life and Ocean Threats 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Marine Life and Ocean Threats 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Quick Key Facts Marine environments cover 70% of Earth. Over 50% of oxygen on the planet comes from oceans. Top threats to oceans include pollution, noise and climate change. Plastic pollution is expected to outweigh all fish in the oceans by 2050. Prescription drugs, agricultural runoff, industry discharge and even sunscreen chemicals can alter the […]

    Greenpeace Report: ‘Most Plastic Is Just Not Recyclable’

    Greenpeace Report: ‘Most Plastic Is Just Not Recyclable’

    We can’t recycle our way out of the plastic pollution crisis.  That’s the definitive conclusion of a new Greenpeace report released Monday that found that only five to six percent of plastics in the U.S. were actually recycled, a major decline from the still relatively low highs of 9.5 percent in 2014 and 8.7 percent […]