August 30, 2013
by Karen Garrison
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Put plastic in its place

Karen Garrison, Co-Director, Oceans Program, San Francisco
We discard way more plastic than we recycle or reuse (see my OpEd in the Los Angeles Times, today: “To heal the Earth, put plastics in its place”).  Much of it … Continue reading

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August 28, 2013
by Leila Monroe
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California Communities Spend Nearly $500M Annually in Keeping Trash Out Of Waterways

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco
Today, NRDC’s plastic pollution team released a new report showing that California communities are spending nearly half a billion dollars annually in preventing trash fro… Continue reading

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July 12, 2013
by MoreRecycling
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Meet the Plastisphere: Ocean plastic pollution is so bad, it is now its own ecosystem.

Scientists have named a new marine ecological community, the Plastisphere, comprised of, you guessed it, plastic — and all the organisms that now call ocean plastic home. 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 24, 2013
by Leila Monroe
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A Sad Day for the Oceans & Marine Life as California’s Marine Plastic Pollution Bill Held in Appropriations Committee

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco
This afternoon, members of the California Assembly Appropriations Committee stopped Assembly Bill 521 — a groundbreaking proposal to create a statewide marine plastic pollutio… 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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April 30, 2013
by Leila Monroe
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Marine Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility Bill Passes California Assembly Natural Resources Committee

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco
Late yesterday, after a marathon hearing of the California Assembly Natural Resource Committee, Assembly Bill 521, known as the Marine Plastic Pollution Producer Responsibility… Continue reading

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April 16, 2013
by Leila Monroe
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Can We Keep Plastic Pollution Out of Our Oceans?

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco
On April 16 we celebrate California Oceans Day, an annual event when ocean lovers and leaders from across the state come together to advocate for healthier oceans.  This y… 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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July 17, 2012
by Francesca Koe
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Oceans of Garbage – Why People Are Eating Their Own Trash

Francesca Koe, Director of Special Projects, San Francisco
You’ve heard  the saying before “you are what you eat.” Whether you’ve heard it from your mom, or your doctor or a yoga-practicing friend the saying actually originates fro… Continue reading

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July 11, 2012
by Dylan Gasperik
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Ocean Devotion (part 2)

Dylan Gasperik, Program Assistant, Communications, Santa Monica, California
In my inaugural switchboard blog post, I outlined three major threats to the living ocean; plastic pollution, oil drilling, and ocean acidification. Here are tw… Continue reading

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June 22, 2012
by Leila Monroe
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Big Wins at Rio+20′s: a Platform, Partnerships and Business Opportunities to Stop Plastic Pollution

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco
What do mushrooms, tires, and soda bottles have in common?  They are all being used, recycled or even upcycled through innovative programs that prevent waste from entering… 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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June 15, 2012
by Carolina Herrera
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Lessons from the edge of the desert: what world leaders at Rio+20 can learn from Mexico’s decision to protect its largest coral reef

Carolina Herrera, Latin America Advocate, Washington DC
Cabo Pulmo, a tiny town perched between the ocean and the desert in Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, is worlds away from bustling Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; but this small … Continue reading

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June 12, 2012
by Jacob Scherr
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Reflections on the Race to Rio: The Sky is the Limit

Jacob Scherr, Director, Global Strategy & Advocacy, Washington, DC

“We’d never know how high we are, till we are called to rise; and then, if we are true to plan, our statures touch the sky.” – Emily Dickinson

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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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May 22, 2012
by Adrian Martinez
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Banning disposable plastic bags in Los Angeles makes sense

Adrian Martinez, Staff Attorney, Environmental Justice, Santa Monica, California
On Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council is set to adopt a policy framework on removing single-use plastic bags from our supermarkets and select retail s… Continue reading

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March 27, 2012
by Leila Monroe
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NRDC & Kyra Sedgwick take Global Call to End Plastic Pollution to U.N.

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco
Today, I had the great pleasure to work with Kyra Sedgwick on the launch of a new worldwide campaign: a Global Call to End Plastic Pollution. We started the day on MSNBC’… Continue reading

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November 4, 2011
by Leila Monroe
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Stop Plastic Pollution & End Shark Finning: Two Powerful Ocean Actions for the Earth Summit 2012

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco
NRDC just formally submitted its views to the United Nations Secretariat for next year’s Rio+20 Earth Summit.  We asked that the gathering of world leaders in Rio de… Continue reading

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October 26, 2011
by Sarah Chasis
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Comprehensive Ocean Planning is Beneficial

Sarah Chasis, Senior Attorney and Director, Ocean Initiative, New York
Should we protect and restore our oceans so that we can swim, fish, enjoy and use our oceans and coasts now and for generations to come? Or should we let our beaches… Continue reading

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