Tag Archives: microplastics

Microplastics Accumulate in Deep-Sea Life Hotspots

Research published this month reveals that microplastics often accumulate on the deep sea floor in the same place as diverse and dense marine life communities. This is because the same submarine sediment flows that transfer the oxygen and nutrients needed to sustain life, also transport microplastics from urban rivers to the deep-sea floor via pathways such as submarine canyons.  The findings result

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Chile the First Country in Americas to Ban Plastic Bags

In May, Chile’s House of Representatives voted to approve a ban on plastic bags. “The law will apply to all major retailers within a year, while smaller businesses have two years to comply, The Santiago Times reported. Before entering into force, all retailers are allowed to provide a maximum of only two plastic bags to consumers for their purchases. Climate

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All-Female Crew Sails 3,000 Nautical Miles to Study Ocean Plastic

An all-female crew of 24 women are on a 3,000 nmi journey from Hawaii to Vancouver to study microplastics and bring attention to the problem of ocean plastic pollution. The eXXpedition crew is made up of scientists, students, artists, filmmakers, business women, psychologists, actors, ocean activists and sustainability professionals, and novice as well as experienced sailors. The 10th such journey

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Virtual Immersion Goes Beyond the Surface with Underwater Drones

Christine Spiten is the 27 year old co-founder and chief global strategist of Blueye Robotics, a company making underwater drones that connect with your smartphone, tablet, laptop or a pair of goggles to explore the marine environment 150 meters underwater. Sea Technology caught up with Spiten just a few hours after she emerged from an underwater adventure in the fjords

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Volvo Ocean Race Yachts are Collecting Scientific Data

Volvo Ocean Race, 2018—The toughest sailing race in the world will reach Auckland, New Zealand at the end of the month, and during this year’s event—the 13th edition of the round-the-world race—the yachts are equipped with scientific instruments that are monitoring the oceans’ health and collecting meteorological data. When the sailors of the seven high-tech racing yachts arrive in Auckland,

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