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Filmmaker Annie Costner is determined to tell the locals' side of the story at the summer Olympic Games, which open in Rio de Janeiro this Friday.
Marine Protected Areas are a vital tool in regulating human activity off our coastlines.
Tomorrow is World Oceans Day, and these gifted students are tackling ocean plastic pollution in waves.
The NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Coral Reef Ecosystem Program’s removal mission in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands is already halfway completed.
Plastic Soup Foundation and G-Star are teaming up to fight microfibers with a new global public awareness campaign.
Production on an important new documentary about the human impact on our world oceans due to plastic pollution is wrapping up. Please share the trailer and help spread the word.
From their delicate beginnings as hatchlings making their way into the surf, sea turtles face many challenges. But single-use plastic straws should not be among them.
Researchers observed pieces of trash floating on the ocean's surface from what may turn out to be a sixth "garbage patch" forming in the Barents Sea.
Divers around the world have been uploading photos of plastic pollution they've plucked off the reef, during the global Beneath the Waves campaign organized by the Project AWARE Foundation.
Alison Teal and a group of YouTubers attempt to build a bamboo raft on the secluded Hawaiian shoreline in South Point in advance of the 1947 voyage's sequel that will probe the plastic pollution problem.
At Chile’s 2015 Our Ocean Conference, solutions were sought regarding, plastic pollution, overfishing, sonic pollution, severe weather and climate change.
The Society of Wilderness event in Taiwan was a milestone not only for both Taiwan and China, but also for all people around the Pacific Ocean.
SLIDESHOW: An Astonishing, Post-International Coastal Cleanup Report From San Pedro, California.
A new study by researchers at the University of Queensland echoes another recent study that estimated more than half the world's sea turtles have ingested plastic.
The initiative geared toward the scuba diving community is using personal photos to document plastic pollution and look for answers.
A small fishing village on northern Vancouver Island is the central intelligence agency for locating tons of errant fishing floats and plastic bottles washing up on their beaches.
People all over the world are planning to spend Saturday, Sept. 19 at the beach picking up trash, during the International Coastal Cleanup. You can be among them.
SEA Change: Science — Education — Action. See what change can look like, from the 5 Gyres 2015 Youth Summit,
"We must become part of the solution by putting energy toward source reduction," writes PPC co-founder and CEO Dianna Cohen in the Huffington Post.
A new study led by the University of Queensland scientists has found that endangered green and leatherback turtles are eating more plastic than ever before.
Trekkers and travelers can help instill an anti-pollution ethos wherever they go, and that is an idea worth spreading.
A native of southern India laments how globalization and overconsumption have affected the way India's most revered animals are treated.
Plastic pollution, sewage, toxic household and industrial waste are the worst opponents athletes face this year.
A group in American Samoa is trying to clean up after humanity left its mark on their special island ecosystem.
The more you stream, the less potential plastic pollution.
What began in 2011 as a local reuse/recycling initiative at the University of New Hampshire has grown into a nationwide movement led by the Post-Landfill Action Network.
Plastic Pollution Coalition CEO Dianna Cohen curates a series of panel discussions this month with thought leaders as part of the 2016 Global Dialogue on Waste, hosted by be Waste Wise.
How much plastic ends up in the ocean every year? Celebrate Earth Day by taking our quiz to see how much you already know about this global emergency.
Plastic is a substance the Earth cannot digest. But accounting for all of the plastic ever produced is a perplexity that deserves our scrutiny.
A plastics plant in New Hampshire is contaminating nearby drinking water wells with PFOA, and their remedy is to give out water bottled in plastic.
The uproar over Whole Foods' mandarin mistake has fueled the conversation about just how much choice American consumers can take.
If our current approach to recycling isn’t the best for the economy or the environment, why do we do it?
Nestlé siphons groundwater on public lands and bottles it in plastic, then sells it back to people at hugely inflated prices. Sign the Story of Stuff petition to stop them.
This was the conclusion that the 60 participants of the Marine Science Youth Camp in Valparaiso, Chile, reached after analyzing the results of the first-ever international litter sampling.
Plastic pollution will not be solved by recycling because it doesn't stop the continual flow of new plastics that enter our environment like a giant oil spill.
At the Houston Zoo, the once-invasion species polyethylene lapides sacculi is no longer being sighted by visitors.
Inexpensive, reusable water bottles are now sold at concession stands, which can be refilled for free at one of 20 filtered-water stations throughout zoo grounds.
Rohan Marley, son of reggae legend Bob Marley, wants to revolutionize the single-serve coffee industry 1 percent at a time.
Primates will actively seek out bags and bottles, etc., to investigate, manipulate, open, carry around, and play with.
Much is made of plastic pollution harming sea life. But our rural and urban bestiary is also tragically affected.
China is now choosier about the plastic waste it accepts. But Americans are creating more plastic garbage than ever.
Drains clogged by plastic bags overflowed in Ghana, West Africa, causing massive floods in which at least 150 people died.
Who makes the effort to hike into nature but can’t be bothered to hold on to their trash until they get to a proper receptacle?
It's HOT out. Know how to not get soaked with harmful plastic chemicals while trying to cool off.
Environmental Working Group examines how the toxicity of thousands of chemicals in our midst may be worse than we thought.
A European study suggests chemicals commonly found in plastics and fungicides may be weakening children’s teeth by disrupting hormones that stimulate the growth of dental enamel.
New research confirms there is more plastic pollution dispersed in the surface waters of our world's oceans than previously thought.
The international campaign has launched a new initiative that helps product manufacturers show their goods are 100 percent microplastic-free.
Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation are studying the Gallatin Watershed for signs of microplastic pollution in freshwater ecosystems.
Manufacturers can use biomimicry to find nature-inspired solutions to make their products more sustainable.
Business, nonprofits, students and governments are seeking systemic change across the plastic value chain to prevent further negative environmental impacts.
Report brings reproductive health experts together to sound warning about harm caused to newborns due to exposure to toxic chemicals in consumer products.
A boat captain in California is hoping to make recycling profitable for small communities with a portable machine that turns plastic into fuel.
A recent study about pervasive plastic ingestion by sea birds is as harrowing as was Rachel Carson's alarming book about DDT in 1962.
The 70-foot ocean research trimaran vessel capsized in the Indian Ocean, bringing the Race for Water to a temporary halt.
A bio-plastics manufacturer claims they're committed to closed-loop, renewable and sustainable practices. But isn't plastic still plastic?
It's image is emblematic of what a century of convenience-plastics can wrought: By 2050, almost every seabird on Earth will have plastic in its stomach.
A class of chemicals found in flame retardants may be contributing to increased levels of toxins in our companion animals, which may lead to hyperthyroidism and other disease.
Teflon is PTFE, a thermoplastic polymer as ubiquitous as sunshine, found to be toxic to humans and animals.
The Story of Stuff Project has shared this video about the microbead problem. Do your friends know?
A roundup of peer-reviewed research that clearly implicates plastic as the dominant material littering the ocean, with heavy impacts on fish, mammals and sea birds.
Objective: To measure the total mass of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Leaching of bisphenol A (BPA) has been reported from food cans and polycarbonate bottles, paper receipts, and dental sealants and fillings.
Funded by a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, the toolkit is a detailed guide for reducing plastic waste on college campuses and other institutions.
The constituents of plastics, as well as the chemicals and metals they absorb, can travel into the bodies of marine organisms upon consumption, where they may concentrate and climb the food chain, ultimately into humans.
An article in Mother Jones compares plastics industry methods to those used by Big Tobacco, noting that the plastics and chemical industries rely on the same scientists and consultants.
Environmental Health Perspectives has release a detailed study implicating 'most' plastic products in the release of estrogenic chemicals.
A growing number of reports have indicated that environmental chemicals can interfere with thyroid function.
Plastic pollution activist Captain Charles Moore discusses the problem of "shifting baselines" (meaning the failure to notice change) in relation to plastic pollution in our environment.
Plastic pollution is piling up on beaches worldwide. From now on, should we focus on cleanup, or prevention — or both?
Thursday is Tap Water Day in L.A., one of America's most public drinking water-rich cities in terms of infrastructure. Drink up!
Did you know organics tend to have even more extraneous packaging than regular produce? Here's a petition to ban all that plastic—signatures needed before April 14!
The candy bar maker just recalled their products in 55 countries because they were found to contain bits of red plastic. Delicious.
San Francisco, already a national leader in recycling, has taken the epic step, and it's pissing off the beverage bottling industry.
This is what one network of environmental and community groups and individuals was able to accomplish in just one year for the state's environment and waterways.
Two gigantic global problems demanding global solutions, but only one had an international summit—the COP21 talks in Paris, which wrap up after today.
Canada, Australia and several European countries are already considering a ban on polyethylene microspheres. The U.S. House weighs one for us.
Proponents say the congressman’s bill would keep thousands of tons of plastic pollution out of our water, land, and landfills each year.
Airlines are trying to adopt in-flight and on-the-ground recycling operations, even as their business grows exponentially.
AB 888 may be a comprehensive solution to the growing problem of microbead pollution, though it does not phase them out until 2020.
Plastic Pollution Coalition sent Pope Francis a letter welcoming him to the United States and thanking him for his allegiance and his push for action on climate change.
Water bottling lobbyists are trying to stop a program to reduce plastic pollution at our national parks. Tell Congress NO.
Take part in Center for a New American Dream's special online event September 23, and learn how to be a leader for change in your community.
An amended Assembly Bill 888 has finally passed the California State Senate, after a tense vote yesterday failed to move the measure along.
Petitioners in Florida say their state is a major North American peninsula "reaching out into our oceans like a giant arm throwing trash daily into our waters, unless we take a stand to stop ocean pollution."
With 20,000 more black balls released into Los Angeles reservoirs in the city's effort to stem evaporation, that brings the total number so far to 96 million.
Petitioners are calling on supermarket chains in Hong Kong to stop excessive plastic packaging of their fruits and vegetables.
A simple, straightforward guide to helping your community eliminate single-use plastic bag pollution.
The Canadian government is moving to ban microbeads, tiny plastic particles found in a number of personal care products that end up polluting rivers, lakes and oceans after
New Yorkers have proven they are sick of foam to-go cups and clamshell containers blowing around their city and into the Hudson River.
If we have to fight the Exxons and Chevrons and Dow Chemicals of the world, with their vast monetary power that buys political power, we need to work simultaneously to retake our democracy.
It's taken seven years, but California is finally cleaning up microbead pollution, with the help of the environmental law firm Greenfire.
After a year-long campaign by environmental and citizen activists, Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that will prohibit the use of single-use plastic bags in grocery and retail stores.
The major manufacturer is bowing to consumer concerns that those little blue beads they put in their toothpaste for aesthetic reasons is not going to end up being very good for their teeth and gums.
The American Chemical Council knows that, even if more plastics are recycled, there is not a big market for recycled plastic. It is usually cheaper for manufacturers to use virgin petrochemical material.
Just blocks from the Santa Monica shore on a beautiful beach day, sat a very serious panel of experts in suits.
The volume of plastic production, the ubiquitous nature of disposable plastic and the habits of modern consumerism mean that the problem is larger than any one organisation or stakeholder.
This is Part 3 of a report by Bodhi Surf School about how they are going plastic free in Costa Rica.
Raising awareness is the fifth 'R' in bringing about a more sustainable workplace.
Plastic-free expert Beth Terry shows how you can save money by investing in reusable alternatives for the things you use.
Brent Alex captured this Mylar Ray, an extrinsic, deflated balloon seemingly swimming at depth, animated by ocean currents instead of wind, in his series "Plastic Species."
Thousands of life vests discarded by those fleeing war have washed up on beaches in Greece, and are being recycled and repurposed to support island emigrants.
Why not challenge yourself, your family, or even your community to go completely without single-use plastics for a whole month?
Manufacturers of musical instrument strings are getting in on the circular economy idea too.
From Woodstock to Bonnaroo, the humble tent has gotten left behind by music lovers — literally.
Part 2 of the Bodhi Surf School report on how a few committed individuals can make a big impact on reducing plastic pollution.
A new poll shows that Latinos, Asian and Pacific Islanders, African-Americans, Native Americans and other non-white voters in the state are more willing to take action.
Touring artists are using their unique influence to help festival organizers move away from single-use plastic.
At Bodhi Surf School in Costa Rica, they're learning to reduce the amount of plastic in their everyday operations, and hoping to radiate the plastic-free vibe to their community.
A zero waste blogger can teach you how to reduce the amount of stuff in your home that weighs you down. Simplify!
Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, PPC founding advisor, on the cognitive, emotional, psychological, social and spiritual benefits of healthy oceans and beaches.
Seventh grader Sophie J. Nelson created an immersive art installation about ocean plastic pollution at her school in Los Angeles that could change the world.
The longtime PPC Notable Member has a critical message for every citizen on the planet: Open your eyes to the global emergency of plastic pollution, and resolve to REFUSE single-use plastics!
If you are in Los Angeles this weekend, you might spot these enormous reminders that disposable plastics are everywhere.
Jack and Kim Johnson and their Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation are funding a new project to support art and the environment.
PPC Artist Ally Alvaro Soler Arpa creates sculptures of contemporary dinosaurs made from various animal bones that encase the stuff we throw away. The exhibit opens 1 February at the Barcelona Metro, and 15 February at the Barcelona Airport.
Artist Andy Hughes documents the enormous field of waste left behind by well-intentioned music fans.