Oceans

Kenya Joins Growing Fight Against Plastic Pollution

Kenya Joins Growing Fight Against Plastic Pollution

Kenya just became the latest country to ban plastic bags. According to Environment Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu, “The ministry has banned the use, manufacture and importation of all plastic bags used for commercial and household packaging.” Kenya’s ban follows the United Nations‘ new Clean Seas initiative, which has already inspired 10 governments to address plastic […]

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    NOAA Satellite Imagery on Trump’s Chopping Block

    NOAA Satellite Imagery on Trump’s Chopping Block

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) could see a 17 percent budget cut under the Trump administration with serious reductions in several climate-related programs. This GOES imagery indicates the potential for severe storms in the MS & OH River Valleys today. See more imagery @ https://t.co/hmjSGco2js. pic.twitter.com/yTLm7e1gT6 — NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) February 28, 2017 […]

    Microfibers: The New Plastic Pollution That Threatens Our Waters

    Microfibers: The New Plastic Pollution That Threatens Our Waters

    A new movie is putting pressure on the clothing industry to address a major emerging threat to aquatic life. Grounded in mounting scientific evidence, the 2-minute animated movie from the Story of Stuff Project calls attention to the issue of microfiber pollution from synthetic clothing. Along with the movie, a global petition has been launched […]

    The Most Unexplored Habitat on Earth Is Packed With Pollution

    The Most Unexplored Habitat on Earth Is Packed With Pollution

    By Jason Bittel In Disney’s latest animated release, titular character Moana and a demigod named Maui dive to the bottom of the ocean to do battle with a giant, David Bowie–channeling crab in a place called the Realm of Monsters. But it’s not just for kicks and a catchy dance number, of course. Maui has […]

    Kelly Slater Is Not an Enemy of Sharks

    Kelly Slater Is Not an Enemy of Sharks

    What caused Kelly Slater to so radically change his views about sharks? Or perhaps he did not change his views after all. In 2014, Kelly was quoted in the Australian media saying in response to Premier Colin Barnett’s plan to kill sharks in Western Australia: “I think it’s kind of silly. Humans want to control […]

    Stand-Up Paddler Breaks 3 World Records, Completes Solo Atlantic Crossing

    Stand-Up Paddler Breaks 3 World Records, Completes Solo Atlantic Crossing

    It’s official! Chris Bertish has completed a journey of a lifetime—a world-first to cross the Atlantic Ocean unaided on a paddleboard. [facebook https://www.facebook.com/supthemag/videos/1286502591432674/ expand=1] Chris Bertish, a 42-year-old professional adventurer, has already traveled 83 days in his attempt to become the first person to stand-up paddleboard across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland Morocco to Antigua. […]

    Microplastics in Oceans Outnumber Stars in Our Galaxy by 500 Times

    Microplastics in Oceans Outnumber Stars in Our Galaxy by 500 Times

    The United Nations is “declaring war” on the biggest sources of planetary pollution—ocean plastic. On Thursday, the intergovernmental organization’s environment program (UNEP) launched its #CleanSeas campaign at the World Ocean Summit hosted by The Economist in Bali, Indonesia. The unprecedented global initiative urges governments and businesses to take measures to eliminate microplastics from cosmetics and […]

    Solar-Powered Water Wheels Prevented 1 Million Pounds of Trash From Entering Baltimore Harbor

    Solar-Powered Water Wheels Prevented 1 Million Pounds of Trash From Entering Baltimore Harbor

    Meet Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel—a pair of floating, solar and hydro-powered trash interceptors keeping Baltimore’s waters clean. These frankly adorable trash wheels can collect as much as 38,000 pounds of debris in a single day. [facebook https://facebook.com/EcoWatch/videos/1462252590454340/ expand=1] Mr. Trash Wheel, located at the mouth of Jones Falls, has stopped more than […]

    Manhattan-Sized Iceberg Breaks off Antarctica

    Manhattan-Sized Iceberg Breaks off Antarctica

    Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier lost another large chunk of ice at the end of January. The section of ice that broke off the glacier on the western coast of Antarctica was roughly the size of Manhattan. It was 10 times smaller than the piece the same glacier sloughed in July 2015. After the enormous piece […]