A young whale whose carcass washed up in the Philippines died of “dehydration and starvation” after consuming 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of plastic bags, scientists have found.Marine biologist and environmentalist Darrell Blatchley told CNN that the juvenile male Cuvier’s beaked whale was found “showing signs of being emaciated and dehydration” and had been “vomiting blood […]

via Dead whale found with 40 kilograms of plastic bags in its stomach — Hurn Publications

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Two fragments of blue microplastic surrounded by diatom phytoplanktonPhoto by: seen under a microscope Sea salt around the world has been contaminated by plastic pollution, adding to experts’ fears that microplastics are becoming ubiquitous in the environment and finding their way into the food chain via the salt in our diets. Following this week’s revelations […]

via Sea Salt Around The World Is Contaminated By Plastic — Hurn Publications

And they could use your help! FACT #1 About 8 million metric tons of plastic are thrown into the ocean annually[1]. Of those, 236,000 tons are microplastics[2] – tiny pieces of broken-down plastic smaller than your little fingernail FACT #2 There are five massive patches of plastic in the oceans around the world. These huge concentrations […]

via 4ocean has removed 2,552,176 pounds of trash from the ocean and coastlines — Hurn Publications

Coinciding with its regional consultation with member states in Africa, CABI hosted a policy summit on invasive species in Gaborone, Botswana on 28 February. About 70 delegates representing policymakers, research, the private sector and civil society from across Africa gathered to learn about and discuss the impact of invasives as well as the technical and […]

via CABI announces major commitments in fight against invasive species — The Invasives Blog