Rozalia Project has discovered that marine debris washing, blowing and getting tossed into our ocean has created 3 new oceanographic features in our urban and coastal waters: beer can reefs, rivers of trash, and local garbage patches. In this TED Talk, learn from Rachel Miller, the Founder of Rozalia Project, all about these features and how we are cleaning them up and preventing them in the first place.
This White Paper is a summary of literature on the chemical toxicity of plastics pollution to aquatic life and aquatic-dependent wildlife.
The purpose of this report is to synthesize the state of the science on the potential chemical toxicity of ingested plastic and associated chemicals on aquatic organisms and aquatic-dependent wildlife. The focus of this document is primarily on marine systems, with data provided on the Great Lakes and other freshwater systems, where available.
Blue Mind is a landmark book by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols on the remarkable effects of water on our health and well-being. Read why we are drawn to the ocean each summer and how being near water sets our mind and bodies at ease.
Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, he shows how proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success.
Blue Mind not only illustrates the crucial importance of our connection to water – it provides a paradigm shifting “blueprint” for a better life on this Blue Marble we call home.
In an intelligent, accomplished work of narrative journalism, Elizabeth Royte does for water what Michael Pollan did for food: she finds the people, machines, economies, and cultural trends that bring it from distant aquifers to our supermarkets. Along the way, she investigates the questions we must inevitably answer. Who owns our water? How much should we drink? Should we have to pay for it? Is tap safe water safe to drink? And if so, how many chemicals are dumped in to make it potable? What happens to all those plastic bottles we carry around as predictably as cell phones? And of course, what’s better: tap water or bottled? Read Bottlemania: Big Business, Local Springs, and the Battle over America’s Drinking!
The worldwide movement for a sustainable society and a healthy blue planet continued to grow for World Oceans Day 2020 despite the global pandemic. Thanks to the involvement of diverse partners, sponsors, youth, and other leaders, this year they helped to activate, connect, and demonstrate global action for our shared ocean with a renewed commitment to equity and inclusion. Read through the 2020 World Oceans Day Annual Report to check out everything that was accomplished on World Oceans Day 2020, and discover ways in which you can support our oceans!
Plastic pollution is a global crisis that is actively threatening oceans, wildlife, and public health. Plastic pollution has rapidly elevated to crisis level in the past three years as better data on the scope of the problem has become available. Single-use packaging has grown to be a major component of the four million to 12 million tons of plastic trash that escapes capture and is swept into waterways annually.
This report analyzes the actions, or inactions, of 50 of the largest US consumer-facing companies to reduce plastic pollution.