February 24, 2014
by MoreRecycling
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Microbes on floating ocean plastics: Uncovering the secret world of the ‘Plastisphere’

Scientists are revealing how microbes living on floating pieces of plastic marine debris affect the ocean ecosystem, and the potential harm they pose to invertebrates, humans and other animals. Continue reading

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June 26, 2013
by Leila Monroe
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Testing California’s Waters for Trash and Pollution

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco
I’m proud to be a Californian, and like so many of the 38 million people who call this state home, access to beautiful beaches and good waves is one of the most important… Continue reading

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May 9, 2013
by Brant Olson
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Top 5 Benefits of AB 521

Brant Olson, Campaign Manager, San Francisco

Last week, California’s State Assembly took its first steps toward adopting a groundbreaking new law to help keep plastic trash out of our oceans by creating a marine plastic pollution… Continue reading

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February 21, 2013
by Leila Monroe
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Marine Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Act Introduced by Assemblymembers Ben Hueso & Mark Stone

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco
Experience and scientific study both reveal that plastic now pollutes the farthest reaches of the world’s oceans.  From the deep seabed of the Arctic, to once-pristi… Continue reading

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June 19, 2012
by Leila Monroe
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Final Outcomes for Our Oceans in Rio+20 Negotiations: Protection from Plastic, Action on Ocean Acidification and Overfishing, and a Disappointing Stalemate on a High Seas Agreement

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco
At the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, action happens on two tracks.  On the “inside track”, representatives of governments meet over the cour… Continue reading

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May 29, 2012
by Leila Monroe
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Local Victories to End Plastic Pollution and Protect our Oceans lead to Global Opportunity at Rio+20

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco
The world’s environmental problems can seem overwhelming, but I often find hope and inspiration in local victories.  Local victories, when aggregated, can lead to ma… Continue reading

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June 16, 2011
by Jacob Scherr
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Race to Rio – Earth Summit 2012 News

Jacob Scherr, Director, Global Strategy & Advocacy, Washington, DC We are just a year away from the next Earth Summit scheduled for June 4-6, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, and interest in the gathering – officially labeled the UN Conference on Sustaina… Continue reading

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March 30, 2011
by Leila Monroe
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International Conference Builds Momentum for Real Solutions to Plastic Trash in the Sea

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco I’ve just returned from a week in paradise where I was immersed in the problem of plastic trash in the ocean.  The 5th International Marine Debris Conference (5IMDC) in Honolulu bro… Continue reading

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November 10, 2010
by Reduce
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Got Milk? An Alternative to Plastic Foam Packaging

In the ongoing search for how to produce Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) with a smaller environmental footprint, a new competitor has entered the field, and it does a body good. Scientists at Case Western Reserve University have developed a new form of foam plastic packaging made using a protein from cow milk, according to Discovery News. [...] Continue reading

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September 9, 2010
by Leila Monroe
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California Celebrates the Marine Environment, while Lubchenco and Sutley Show Their Ocean Smarts

This has been a great week in San Francisco for ocean lovers of all kinds.  Hosting California and the World Ocean 2010, our state agencies gathered scientists, educators, advocates, and industry from around the country and world to discuss the mo… Continue reading

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