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Plastics and Earth’s Ocean: Part 2

That plastic bottle that you saw floating ashore will eventually enter our food chain. This is Part 2 of a blog series covering plastic pollution in Earth’s oceans.  Read Part 1 here. Impacts on climate change  Oil, gas,… Read More

Plastics and Earth’s Ocean: Part 1

Planet Earth’s Ocean has got 5 trillion problems and it’s all plastic.  What is plastic From the Greek πλαστικος (plastikos), the term “plastics” literally means “fit for molding”. Plastic derives from cellulose and fossil fuel-based chemicals, like natural gas or… Read More

UF researchers surprised to find microplastics in Florida Keys lagoons

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Researchers conducting a planned University of Florida-led study on plankton in two lagoons of the Florida Keys stumbled upon an unexpected presence in the course of their routine sampling: microplastics. A new publication in the… Read More

Water Wednesdays Recap – Microplastics and Marine Ecosystems

Do you know what the most prevalent type of marine debris we found in our ocean is? Plastics! Plastic debris can come in all shapes and sizes, but those that are less than five millimeters in length are… Read More

Water Wednesdays Recap – Are Bioplastics Better?

Almost every single piece of plastic ever made still exists. As an alternative to the traditional plastics, we are hearing a new term more and more often – bioplastics. Are bioplastics better? Dr. Maia McGuire answered this question… Read More

Water Wednesdays Recap – Are Bioplastics Better?

Almost every single piece of plastic ever made still exists. As an alternative to the traditional plastics, we are hearing a new term more and more often – bioplastics. Are bioplastics better? Dr. Maia McGuire answered this question… Read More

Water Wednesdays Recap – Are Bioplastics Better?

Almost every single piece of plastic ever made still exists. As an alternative to the traditional plastics, we are hearing a new term more and more often – bioplastics. Are bioplastics better? Dr. Maia McGuire answered this question… Read More