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Annual Sustainability Report Notes Marine Trends: Good News and Bad

The United Nations 2018 Sustainable Development Goals Report reviews the progress made during 2018 on the 17 sustainability goals set by the United Nations. Goal 14, “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”, remains challenging. View the full 2018 report: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/report/2018

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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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‘Beyond Drifting’

Mandy Barker has a new photography series out called “Beyond Drifting.” It continues her work documenting trash in the ocean and her study of how this pollution affects the environment. Read the Smithsonian Q&A here and learn more about Barker here. Caption: Phoronilasteri crae (Tricycle wheel). Specimen collected from Whitepoint, Cobh shoreline, Cove of Cork, Ireland. (Photo Credit: Mandy Barker)

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IUCN Report Says Microplastics Make Up 30% of Ocean Trash

Tiny plastic particles washed off household and industrial products could contribute up to 30 percent of the “plastic soup” polluting the world’s oceans and, in many developed countries, are a bigger source of marine plastic pollution than plastic waste, according to a new IUCN report. The report looked at primary microplastics across seven geographical regions. Sources include car tires, synthetic

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