TAG: ocean

Plastic Waste Ingested by Worms Threatens Marine Food Chains

Nicholas Barrett, Mongabay Waking Times Small fragments of plastic waste are damaging the health of lugworms, putting a key cog in marine ecosystems at risk. Published in Current Biology, a new study by scientists at the University of Exeter and the University of Plymouth shows the impact of microplastics on the marine worms’ health and behavior.

One Quarter of Sharks and Rays Threatened with Extinction

Loren Bell, Mongabay Waking Times One quarter of all shark and ray species are threatened with extinction, according to a new study published in the open-access journal eLife. The paper analyzed the threat and conservation status of 1,041 species of chondrichthyans—the class of fish whose skeletons are made of cartilage instead of bone which includes sharks,

The Convenience of Plastic Is Killing Our Oceans

Alex Pietrowski, Staff Writer Waking Times About 300 million tons of plastic are produced each year. In the US alone, about 30+ million tons of plastic waste is dumped into the solid waste system, including various plastic containers, bags and other types of packaging, with only about 10% being recycled. Plastic, which was once regarded

Message From The Gyre: Do We Have The Courage To Face The Realities of Our Time? (Video)

The MIDWAY media project is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy being caused by plastic pollution. With photographer Chris Jordan as our guide, we walk through the fire of horror and grief, facing the immensity of this tragedy–and our own complicity–head on. And in this process, we find an unexpected route to a transformational experience of beauty, acceptance, and understanding.

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