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Groundbreaking EPA report reveals scale of microplastic pollution in Irish freshwaters

June 8th, 2017 A groundbreaking Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report published today reveals for the first time evidence on the sources and scale of microplastic pollution in Ireland’s freshwater system. The research, led by the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology also highlights a number of potential impacts on human health. Microplastics are tiny plastic granules, …

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Plastic pollution and marine litter the focus of World Oceans Day 2017

June 7th, 2017 A number of events will be held across the world over the coming days to celebrate World Oceans Day 2017, including community clean ups and projects to eliminate or lower usage of single use plastic bags and bottles. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Our Ocean, Our Future’ focusing on the problem of plastics pollution and cleaning …

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Scientists warn increasing ocean temperatures could destroy world’s coral reefs within decades

New research published in the journal PeerJ, reports that strict conservation and protection measures has failed to halt the destruction of coral reefs in the Hawaiin Islands, with 90% of Hawaiian coral reefs suffering bleaching in 2014 and 2015. Widespread bleaching of coral reefs, whereby corals expel crucial algae living symbiotically within their tissues, is a stress response to increasing …