A very diverse array of microbes has been found to be colonizing and thriving on the micro-plastic pollution that is now ubiquitous throughout the world’s oceans by new research from the Sea Education Association, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the Marine Biological Laboratory. This vast and new ecological habitat of microbial communities has been
Where does trash really go? A common misconception is that if we simply throw something away, then it will magically go to a place where we can forget about it forever. However, acting out of convenience and without consideration for the bigger environmental picture (and for our future), we have contributed to a throwaway
Plastic — it is everywhere and, while it has helped humanity in some ways, it is also wreaking havoc on ecosystems and organisms around the world (including humans). Here is an interesting infographic with some stunning and disturbing information on how much plastic we use, what problems it’s linked to, plastic in the ocean, BPA, and plastic’s ridiculously long lifespan. The most interesting line of the infographic, in my opinion, is this one: “every piece of plastic made still exists today.” But, really, there’s a ton of interesting info here:
Becky Striepe of our sister site Ecoscraps recently shared a pretty amazing photo of the plastic contents of a juvenile green sea turtle’s stomach (shown above).