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Plastics can concentrate toxic pollutants, endangering marine ecosystems

by European Commission, Environment DG  (May 2, 2013)

Plastic debris is a serious environmental concern, as a physical pollutant as well as a chemical pollutant when it breaks down in the marine environment. A new study has now shown that plastics can also concentrate other pollutants, with significantly higher concentrations of toxic pollutants adhering to soft, rubbery plastics, rather than hard, ...

Marine pollution - cleaning up the seas

by GLOBE Foundation  (Apr. 7, 2008)

Greenhouse gas emissions from marine vessels have received special attention of late, but as the maritime shipping industry continues to grow, other forms of pollution from ships are creating problems that require urgent attention. In the past 15 years, seaborne trade has increased by 50% and continued high rates of growth are expected. The rise ...

Plastic litter can pass on pollutants and chemical additives to marine wildlife

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Feb. 26, 2014)

New research has provided the first conclusive evidence that microplastics ingested by marine wildlife can transfer toxic pollutants to their tissues. The researchers studied lugworms fed on PVC particles contaminated with either widespread marine pollutants or plastic additives and found that these ‘earthworms of the sea’ absorbed the ...

Banana fibre can fix marine oil spills, says study

by SciDev.Net  (Oct. 10, 2012)

Fibre from the stem of the banana plant can efficiently absorb oil spills that pollute coasts and threaten marine life says a new study by Indian researchers. Banana fibre, when treated with certain chemicals, can absorb up to 18 times their weight of oil, according to the study published last month ...

Pollutants released by seafloor trawling affect marine life

by European Commission, Environment DG  (Dec. 6, 2012)

Commercial bottom trawling, the technique of pulling fishing gear across the seabed to catch fish and other seafood, releases pollutants trapped in the seabed, which can negatively affect local marine life and ecosystems. Recent findings from a Norwegian fjord show how mussels can take up high levels of contaminants released by trawling, with ...

International shipping should cut air pollutants and greenhouse gases together

by European Environment Agency (EEA)  (Mar. 14, 2013)

Emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases from the shipping sector have increased substantially in the last two decades, contributing to both climate change and air pollution problems, according to a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA). The shipping sector needs an integrated monitoring, reporting and verification system for ...

CCAC Invests $10 Million in New Work to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants, Focuses on Human Health Fri, Apr 4, 2014

by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)  (Apr. 4, 2014)

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) has agreed to expand actions in cleaner transport, alternative refrigeration, agriculture, municipal solid waste management and methane reduction in the oil and gas sector. Citing recent data from the World Health Organization (WHO) showing that approximately 7 million people die each year because of ...

Air pollutants in the Arctic act as global indicators

by MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology  (Dec. 23, 2013)

Original story at MIT news. Despite global treaties and national regulations limiting toxic chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs), many of these chemicals still remain in the environment for long periods of time and accumulate in our land, water and air. These chemicals ...

EPA funds University of Hawaii marine debris research project / Agency providing $15,000 to further the university’s efforts

by US EPA - Environmental Protection Agency  (Feb. 22, 2012)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recently provided $15,000 in funding to the University of Hawaii to further research efforts on marine debris. The funding will be used to begin studying plastic debris caught in the filters of ship-board cooling systems – this project will develop methods and protocols to better monitor debris as ...

Modelling marine exhaust emissions in the Baltic Sea

by Science for Environment Policy - European Commission DG Environment News Alert Service  (Feb. 12, 2010)

A new tool used to investigate exhaust emissions of marine vessels has been developed and applied to shipping in the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea is a busy maritime region with 3500-5000 ships operating in the area every month. Emissions from shipping contribute significantly to atmospheric pollution, leading to health and environmental problems. In ...

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