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Curated topical articles on the Blue Economy

These Maldives islanders once saw sharks as the threat. Now they fear the plastic

Graeme Green, The Guardian Plastics & Pollution Tourism

Diving with tiger sharks off Fuvahmulah brought a tourist boom that has led to a destructive tide of plastic waste. But now locals are pushing back.

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This is how oil spills damage our environment

Charlotte Edmond, World Economic Forum Plastics & Pollution

Oil can kill surface-dwelling animals and birds by poisoning or suffocation, as well as affecting buoyancy and natural waterproofing.

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Research reveals how much plastic debris is currently floating in the Mediterranean Sea

Suzanna Burgelman, Frontiers Science News Plastics & Pollution

The Mediterranean Sea is considered a hot spot for plastic pollution. This is likely due to its densely populated coastlines, fishing, shipping, tourism, and a limited outflow of surface water to the Atlantic.

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People want to do right by nature. They just need a nudge, study shows

Mongabay Plastics & Pollution Tourism

Subtle messaging and cues can encourage tourists to engage in behaviors that protect the marine ecosystem, a new study says.

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Reduce, reuse, compost: Why recycling alone won’t solve the plastic crisis

Daphna Nissenbaum, World Economic Forum Plastics & Pollution

About 8 billion tons of plastic has been produced globally since the 1950s, but only 10% has actually been recycled.

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Spain to Ban Plastic Wrap for Fruits and Veggies

Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch Plastics & Pollution

In the battle against plastic pollution, Spain has zeroed in on a new target — the plastic used to wrap fruits and vegetables in the supermarket.

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Investing in plastic waste can reap rich rewards

Taylor Clayton, Business & Industry / World Economic Forum Plastics & Pollution

Investment in infrastructure for plastic re-use, collection and recycling offers promising returns and a viable path to end plastic pollution.

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What Is the Environmental Cost of Bottled Water?

Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch Plastics & Pollution

Is it better for your health and the environment to drink water from a plastic bottle or from a tap?

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This is how New Zealand is tackling plastic pollution

Farrelly, T. et al., World Economic Forum Plastics & Pollution

After banning plastic bags last year, New Zealand now proposes to regulate single-use plastic packaging and to ban various hard-to-recycle plastics and single-use plastic items.

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We analysed data from 29,798 clean-ups around the world to uncover some of the worst litter hotspots

Roman, L. et al., The Conversation Plastics & Pollution

Coastal litter is a big environmental problem. But how does this litter differ around the world, and why? In the first global analysis of its kind, we set out to answer those questions using data collected by thousands of citizen scientists.

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Reusable containers aren’t always better for the environment than disposable ones - new research

Schmid, A.G., et al., The Conversation Plastics & Pollution

Our research set out to understand how many times you have to reuse a container for it to be the more eco-friendly choice, in the context of the takeaway food industry.

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If We Want to Fix the Plastic Waste Crisis, We Need to Fix Our Data

World Wildlife Fund Plastics & Pollution

A global reporting mechanism to ensure accurate and consistent waste management monitoring is essential to address the disparities in our understanding of plastic mismanagement and facilitate effective mitigation.

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How a 'trash-to-treasure' mentality can change plastic waste

Emma Samson, World Economic Forum Plastics & Pollution

To build a trash-to-treasure or waste-to-product mindset, the financial and sustainability benefits must be better understood by plastic producers.

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Can We Fix Recycling? Some Companies Are Trying

Tiffany Duong, EcoWatch Plastics & Pollution

The recycling industry in America is broken, but some companies are trying to make it better.

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Welcome to the ‘plastisphere’: the synthetic ecosystem evolving at sea

Russell Thomas, The Guardian Plastics & Pollution

Ocean plastic has created a unique home for specialised organisms, from animals that travel on it to bacteria that ‘eat’ it

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From Pollution to Performance Wear: Fair-Trade Clothes Made From 100% Ocean Plastic

Tiffany Duong, EcoWatch Plastics & Pollution

Pound-for-pound, Sea Threads is making a difference for our ocean ー literally.

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The Dangers of Runoff From Land

Tiffany Duong, EcoWatch Plastics & Pollution

Runoff becomes a problem when stormwater picks up potential pollutants as it flows overland.

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Life in plastic: The journey of plastic from origin to ocean

World Ocean Initiative, The Economist Group Plastics & Pollution

Developing effective solutions to curb plastic pollution requires a deeper understanding of the journey of plastic waste.

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Breathing life into plastic waste

The Economist, World Ocean Initiative Plastics & Pollution

There is significant value to extract from plastic waste. Scaling up advanced chemical recycling technologies could help close the loop and create a circular system for plastic waste that is currently leaking into the ocean.

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The ocean is full of tiny plastic particles – we found a way to track them with satellites

Christopher Ruf, The Conversation Plastics & Pollution

To understand how microplastic pollution is affecting the ocean, scientists need to know how much is there and where it is accumulating.

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