Cigarette butts have long been the single most collected item on the world’s beaches, with a total of more than 60 million collected over 32 years.

Cigarette butts collected during the 2012 International Coastal Cleanup in Oregon.

Environmentalists have taken aim at the targets systematically, seeking to eliminate…

Read more: Plastic straw ban? Cigarette butts are the single greatest source of ocean trash

Bringing the ocean into schools and schools to the ocean is a credo that has served Seaquaria Ocean Education since it was created in 1995.

The program, part of the non-profit World Fisheries Trust, puts aquariums into schools to give students a close-up look at life in an…

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Trace metals in the atmosphere have a hefty impact on marine life, according to a new paper.

The sources of these aerosol particles include volcanoes, wildfires, and desert dust, and the burning of fossil fuels. After being spewed up and undergoing chemical reactions in the atmosphere, they often…

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Major retailers and municipalities are disavowing plastic straws, but they play a relatively minor role in plastics pollution.

A father and son paddle through a garbage-filled river as they collect plastic bottles that they can sell in junkshops. Photo: Noah Cellis/Stringer

Why it matters: If all plastic straws…

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From tragic stories of marine life killed by ocean plastic pollution to corporate pledges to ditch plastic, the crusade against plastic pollution has placed a lot of focus on straws, but is it possible there’s a better use for that activism? Yes, of course there is.

Straws aren’t…

Read more: Straws Aren’t The Worst Offenders When It Comes To Ocean Plastic — By A Long Shot

Beyond simply piling up along the coast, discarded plastics that end up in the ocean could also be a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study by a Canadian-led team of researchers from the University of Hawaii.

Some 90 per cent of the debris discovered…

Read more: Plastic degrading in the ocean produces greenhouse gas, new study says