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National Geographic Is Ditching Their Plastic Wrapper and Launching a Campaign to Combat Waste! - One Green Planet National Geographic has announced they will be joining in to help save the planet, whose beauty they have captured for decades, by taking action against plastic pollution. The magazine will no longer come in a plastic wrapper, and the organization is launching a multiyear campaign called “Planet or Plastic?” meant to encourage people to reduce their use of plastic disposables. “Can it really be true that half the plastic ever made was produced in the past 15 years?” Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg wrote in an op-ed for National Geographic Magazine.

We calculated how much money trees save for your city Megacities are on the rise. There are currently 47 such areas around the globe, each housing more than 10 million residents. More than half the global population now lives in urban areas, comprising about 3 percent of the Earth. The ecological footprint of this growth is vast and there’s far more that can be done to improve life for urban residents around the world. When it comes to natural spaces, trees are keystone species in the urban ecosystem, providing a number of services that benefit people. My research team has calculated just how much a tree matters for many urban areas, particularly megacities.

Coral reefs are in crisis – but scientists are finding effective ways to restore them These are bleak times for coral reefs. Warming ocean waters, disease outbreaks, pollution, sedimentation, careless scuba divers, destructive fishing practices, and a host of other global and local stressors are decimating coral populations at unprecedented rates. If there is any silver lining to these events, it may be that many of the disturbances killing corals are acute: They occur just for a short period of time and then disappear, potentially allowing corals to recover before the next disturbance.

4 ways to curb our addiction to plastic iStock Before you read this piece, just take a moment and look: How many of the objects around you or on you contain plastic? It’s everywhere and, strangely, we owe its existence to a contest run by a billiards company. Captain Paul Watson Responds to Report That the Ocean's Wilderness Is Dying With Solutions We Can All Get Behind - One Green Planet Captain Paul Watson, the avid marine wildlife conservation and environmental activist who founded the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, has offered us many pieces of wise advice over the years. Among them, one simple mantra in particular stands out: “If the oceans die, we die.” This statement is certainly unnerving, but many people assume that our oceans are still brimming with life, so it’s all good. Technology is advancing all the time, and once we reach the point where the oceans begin to perish, we’ll surely be able to figure out a solution. But it won’t be for years to come, so why worry about it now?

Not enough plastic recycling plants in the UK - News - Ecosurety UK’s plastics recycling industry will remain murky unless Government steps in to mend market The UK is presently nowhere near ready to create the number of recycling plants required should the Government decide that all plastic waste must now be recycled on home soil. The country will therefore need to continue to export its plastic waste overseas and/or incinerate it in the near to mid future, while recycling capacity and the market for plastics is built up in the UK.

Plus Plastic - Multimedia Bottled water manufacturers emphasized their products met all government requirements. Gerolsteiner, a German bottler, said its tests "have come up with a significantly lower quantity of microparticles per liter," than found in Orb's study. Nestle tested six bottles from three locations after an inquiry from Orb Media. Those tests, said Nestle Head of Quality Frederic de Bruyne, showed between zero and five plastic particles per liter. Genius 6th grader invents device that hunts for ocean microplastics As one of 10 finalists of the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, 12-year-old Anna Du will now get the chance to bring her invention to the seas. One day while visiting Boston Harbor, young Anna Du noticed bits of plastic in the sand. She tried picking them up, but there was so much, she tells Boston25 News, that "it just seemed impossible to clean it all up." What's a 12-year-old animal lover concerned about the impact of ocean plastic to do? Get to work on an invention to fix it, naturally. Which is exactly what Anna has set out to do.

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