New Study Finds MicroPlastics in Every Sea Creature Tested


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The disturbing results from a new study revealed plastic in every sea creature tested…

A Hundred Percent of Dolphins, Whales and Seals Tested had Microplastics in their Bodies.

A team analyzed a total of 50 animals across 10 species for their research published in the journal Scientific Reports. Microplastics were defined in the study as fragments measuring up to 5 millimeters (0.2 inches).

The samples used in the study were taken from 50 animals by members of the Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme (SMASS) and the Cetacean Stranding Investigation Programme. Both projects are based in the U.K.

Of the plastics found in the sea creatures, 84 percent were synthetic fibres which generally originate from products such as clothing and fishing nets. The remainder of the contaminants were what the scientists described as fragments, likely to come from food and drink packaging.

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Endangered sharks sold as food in Britain

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This 2014 video says about itself:

In this Shark Academy video, Jonathan Bird explains the biology and behavior of Scalloped Hammerhead sharks with exciting footage shot at Cocos Island and the Galapagos Islands.

If you like hammerheads, check out the Jonathan Bird’s Blue World episode on Scalloped Hammerheads:

From the University of Exeter in England:

Endangered sharks being eaten in UK

January 31, 2019

Endangered species of hammerhead and dogfish are among the sharks being sold as food in the UK, researchers have revealed.

University of Exeter scientists sampled shark products from fishmongers and chip shops, as well as shark fins from an Asian food wholesaler in the UK.

The majority of chip shop samples (usually sold under generic names like huss, rock salmon and rock eel) were spiny dogfish — a species “endangered” in Europe and “vulnerable” worldwide.

The fin samples included scalloped hammerheads —…

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Letter from Zimbabwe: The Silencing of Our Voices

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By Cathy Buckle

Author of such books as ‘African Tears’ and ‘Beyond Tears’, Cathy Buckle last night posted a letter on social media to her friends and family… except she couldn’t post it herself because she’s in Zimbabwe. So a friend posted it on her behalf. This is her letter…

Dear Family and Friends,

This has been one of the worst weeks in Zimbabwe for many years and has left us shocked, frightened and very uncertain about what is happening and what lies ahead for us in the coming days and weeks.

I am writing this letter from Zimbabwe during a brief window in which a court order has just been granted to re-open access to the internet but not to social media sites and communication Apps.

We all know this window to the world will not last.

It has been almost impossible to follow what has been going on…

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#JusticeForUzma: 16- Year Old Domestic Maid Murdered

The Human Lens

Pakistan is home to several million domestic workers – underage children and women that toil in difficult and inhumane conditions on a daily basis due to stark poverty that forces them to meet end in precarious conditions. 

We are a society infected with the mentality of employing uunderage domestic workers, unfortunately, is firmly entrenched in our houses mainly due to the deep-rooted feudal system.

They are subjected to miserable working conditions and treated with cruelty reflecting our national culture and the stark differences of prevailing power centers and class. Recently social media has gone viral with yet another horror story of Uzma, a 16-year old house maid that was tortured and killed few days ago in Lahore. 

Belonging from a poor family whose only breadwinner, her father is a guard and like many other poor families, Uzma was sent to work as a house maid to make their ends meet.

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Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission lays bare evidence that ‘the system is sick’ – ABC Rural – Ignored catastrophic #ClimateChange #auspol #qldpol #nswpol #StopAdani #ClimateStrike #ExtinctionRebellion #TheDrum


The report has accused the body responsible for implementing the Murray-Darling Basin Plan of negligence, so how has rural Australia reacted?
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Ben & Jerry’s to Phase Out All Single-Use Plastic Utensils Worldwide!

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By Sharon Vega

In the last few years, Ben & Jerry’s has released many dairy-free ice cream flavors. And they continue making more, just recently adding another flavor to their line of dairy-free ice cream. Given that the dairy industry is harmful to the environment, this was a progressive move in the right direction. Now, they will be doing even more for the environment and setting an example for other companies by removing all single-use plastics from their Scoop Shops.

Ben & Jerry’s has more than 600 stores worldwide. They will phase out single-use plastics from their stores one step at a time. In August 2018, they made plastic straws available by request only with many of the shops having plastic alternatives, but the first step of the new plan is to no longer offer plastic straws or spoons beginning early this year. On April 9, 2019, Scoop Shops…

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Sea Turtles Have A One In Five Chance Of Dying If They Eat Just One Piece Of Plastic – Sea Voice News


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For the first time, researchers have pinned down just how damaging plastic is to marine animals. In a new study conducted by researchers at CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere, they have discovered that a sea turtle that has ingested just one piece of plastic has more than a one in five chance of dying after consuming just one piece of plastic

The study was conducted by analyzing nearly 1,000 sea turtles that were found dead on beaches in Australia. What the researchers discovered was that the more plastic a turtle consumes, the great the likelihiod that it will die due to plastic. While this seems obvious, this is the first time scientists have been able to specifically say that the plastic leads to the death of turtles.

Of the 246 turtles examined, 58 contained debris. The count and mass of debris ranged from a single piece…

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Climate change’s impact on groundwater could leave ‘environmental timebomb’ | Carbon Brief #auspol #qldpol #nswpol #StopAdani #ClimateStrike #ExtinctionRebellion #Menindee #Drought #Heatwave


Climate change’s impact on groundwater could leave ‘environmental timebomb’ | Carbon Brief
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HARROW FLATS: New apartment block given go-ahead despite locals’ objections

Pinner – VIJAY SHAH via ADAM SHAW and Harrow Times

Local authorities in the north-west Greater London borough of Harrow have given assent to a new development of flats despite local residents of a busy road objecting to the project and vetoing it three times, the Harrow Times newspaper reported today.

The Northcote development, in the Pinner area’s Rickmansworth Road, will consist of eight brand-new flats in addition to an existing estate of 24 homes now at the site. The eight apartments will be housed in a single two-storey complex, and the plans were approved by Harrow’s council, the Times reports.

Pinner locals however have rallied against the proposed development, saying that…

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Child Trafficking, A Success Story

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Story By – Sunitha Krishnan

We have heard stories about how difficult it is to crack the Chartered Accountancy examA timely rescue, holistic rehabilitation and a little hand-holding can transform a girl enslaved in sex slavery… at the first go. People wait for years and years to finally pass the examination. They take so many extra classes to prepare. We are going to tell you a short story of a girl, who overcame all adversity and cracked CA exam at the first go. She had no help.

Our one child, Bhavani has qualified for Chartered Accountancy. With a single focus, no external help and her own efforts she finally qualified in her fourth attempt.

I still cannot forget the day we rescued her with Hyderabad Task Force, stunned to find a 13yrs old child in the room with the customer. More shocked when we found out that the mother was…

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