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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

More bad news for the world’s oceans - out of Canada!

by Larry Powell
Pacific oysters - with salt and lime. By Guido - Flickr.

A team of Canadian researchers has found that BC’s premier oyster-growing region off the east coast of Vancouver Island, is “highly contaminated” with micro plastics. The team, from Simon Fraser University, says it is now important to find out if the oysters themselves are ingesting the plastics. If they are, it could have implications for the health and quality of the product itself, Canada’s oyster-farmers, in general and the entire industry, worldwide.

The scientists found micro-plastics at all 16 sites sampled within Lambert Channel and Baynes Sound, indicating "widespread contamination of these regions with these particles." That is Canada's prime growing area for the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas).

It is also feared the microplastics could accumulate trace metals which, in turn, could harm the oysters and other organisms on the sea-bottom. 
Dynabeads, a magnetic form of microbead, 
similar to the ones referenced here.Photo by Kunnskap.

Three types of micro-plastics were recovered and identified, with microbeads being the most common.


Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Microplastics found in oysters, clams on Oregon coast, study finds. (Last year, Canadian scientists discovered high levels of microplastics in B.C.’s oyster beds). Is our clothing to blame?

Pacific oysters, farmed in the U.S.
Photo by NOAA.
Tiny threads of plastics are showing up in Pacific oysters and razor clams along the Oregon coast -- and the yoga pants, fleece jackets, and sweat-wicking clothing that Pacific Northwesterners love to wear are a source of that pollution, according to a new Portland State University study. Story here.


Wednesday, 3 October 2018

We must keep single-use plastics out of our oceans.

Greenpeace - More here.
Poster by Jessica - NOAA marine debris program.

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Study confirmed plastic beach debris a danger to wildlife.


At current rates of plastic production, by 2050 the total mass of plastics in our oceans will outweigh the biomass of fish.  — World Economic Forum. More here.

Pieces of plastic that washed ashore after a storm. 
Pacific Ocean beach in San Francisco. Source: 
Plastic Oceans. Author: Kevin Krejci.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

$180 B investment in plastic factories feeds global packaging binge

Colossal funding in manufacturing plants by fossil fuel companies will increase plastic production by 40%, risking permanent pollution of the earth. Story here.

RELATED: Big oil invests $180B in plastics, merging two planet-killing industries

Sunday, 17 September 2017

‘Software disease’ — The hazards of plastic, net wrap and twines

    Canadian Cattlemen
Animal Health: Ingestion of plastics has become a common killer. Story here.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Humans face a shocking, chemical-induced reproductive crisis

Endocrine disrupting chemicals in our environment have damaged male sperm, most of which are now misshapen and unable to swim properly. Story here.

Plastics like this contribute to the problem. 

Saturday, 28 August 2010

President Obama's Cancer Panel: Eat Organic, Avoid Plastics

By Leah Zerbe - Rodale Institute Au '10
Our organic table at Old Market Sq. in downtown
Winnipeg, Manitoba. 2006. l.p. photo

A landmark report says the U.S. government has been grossly underestimating the effect of environmental toxins on our cancer risk.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Scientists Uncover New Ocean Threat From Plastics

By Steve Connor, Science Editor - the Independent - Thursday, 20 August 2009.
Plastic pollution is not just unsightly but it could be to toxic to humans and animals.

The North Pacific Gyre, which traps untold
amounts of plastic particles in its eddies.

(Credit: Algalita Marine Research Foundation)

Could a million freshwater turtles help clean up some of Australia's polluted rivers? A team of scientists believes, they could!

by Larry Powell The freshwater turtle, Emydura macquarii. Credit: Claudia Santori. For well over a century,  freshwater fis...