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July 3rd is now plastic-bag-free day.
What's your alternative?
https://www.plasticbagfreeday.org

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Online conference on plastics and oceans, 26 June - July 14, 2017: “Lives and Afterlives of Plastic” conference..."

Just follow the link to join and view presentations.

http://perc.ac.nz/wordpress/the-lives-and-afterlives-of-plastic/

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Here is a chance to hear from Dr Jenna Jambeck
She is the one who quantified how much plastic trash is flowing from the land to the sea! Tune in Tuesday June 27th at 1:00 pm EDT to hear more about her work!

"US EPA’s Trash Free Waters program is pleased to be hosting a webinar later this month entitled: “Waste Management of Plastics and Upstream Solutions." The webinar will be presented by Dr. Jenna Jambeck on June 27th at 1:00 pm EDT.

"This webinar is intended for a general audience. Dr. Jambeck will focus on her research on global waste management and mismanagement of plastics. She also will discuss potential solutions to reduce and prevent the release of plastic waste into the environment.
"You can view the webinar on Tuesday, June 27th at this link: http://epawebconferencing.acms.com/trashfreewaterswebinar/. The webinar will also be recorded for those who are unable to view it live."

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Bacteria that eats PET
The study says the bacterium took six weeks to completely degrade just a small film of low-grade PET, and breaking down the higher-quality material used in packaging would take even longer.
https://www.theverge.com/2016/3/10/11194150/plastic-eating-baterium-pet
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/351/6278/1196


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Waste plastic for green coins — a local currency
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tap5fSadPCw

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Frustrated with slow government response and a scorching drought, the villagers organised themselves "...many discouraged us saying it was a mere waste of money and energy."
They first removed weeds, then plastic and other debris dumped over the years.
“Once we removed all waste, the river started recharging on its own and on 45th day, the flow started."

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/how-700-kerala-villagers-waded-through-a-dead-river-cleansed-it-and-brought-it-back-to-life-in-70-days/story-6ZQbllXDeutd7eOsYWYBeN.html?


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75% of the waste is said to come from 10 rivers.
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40195664

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Now, author Margret Atwood on plastics.
"But now I have been asked the following question: if given the chance, what institution would I myself reform?"
Her answer: ...plastics!

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Background report for Swedish actors at the high-level UN Ocean Conference that will convene at the UN Headquarters in New York in June 2017.

In this report, it is documented how marine plastic litter reaches even the most remote parts of the oceans and the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The origin and composition of marine plastic litter and its environmental and economic impacts are described. Finally, measures are discussed that can be launched to mitigate the problem, both from state agencies and private corporations.

Lachmann F., Almroth B. C., Baumann H., Broström G., Corvellec H., Gipperth L., Hassellöv M.°, Karlsson T., Nilsson P. (2017). Report No. 2017:4. Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment. (° correspoding author) Photo credit: Anneli Pompe.
http://havsmiljoinstitutet.se/digitalAssets/1641/1641336_sime-2017-4-marine-plastic-litter.pdf
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