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

Dear Kitty. Some blog

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

Sunshiny SA Site

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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