Microplastic Accumulation Could Be 10X Worse Than Previously Thought

Microplastic Accumulation Could Be 10X Worse Than Previously Thought

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study has found that microplastic accumulation may be worse than previously thought and could carry with it the threat of disease. Microplastics could present health risks to the entire food chain, the study said, including to humans. As the world is grappling with the accumulation of single-use plastics during the […]

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Invasive Species are Hitch-hiking Thousands of Miles on Ocean Plastic

Invasive Species are Hitch-hiking Thousands of Miles on Ocean Plastic

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Invasive species are hitching a ride on increasing ocean plastic pollution, surfing to distant shores. For centuries, stowaways like zebra mussels arrived on the hulls of ships, but now, hundreds of species are “rafting” across oceans on marine litter. These invasive species now threaten the balance of ecosystems across the globe and exacerbate biodiversity […]

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Container Ship Burns, Sinks, Unleashing Plastic and Oil on Sri Lankan Shores

Container Ship Burns, Sinks, Unleashing Plastic and Oil on Sri Lankan Shores

A container ship off the coast of Sri Lanka that has been burning for 13 days has now begun to sink. Officials say that this could be the worst ecological disaster in the nation’s history, as plastic “snow” pellets wash up on beaches and oil spills into the ocean. 

Why This Matters: Experts worry that pollutants from the burning ship, including dangerous chemicals, oil, and microplastics, could have wide-reaching impacts beyond the immediately affected zone.

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Pope Francis Addresses “Predatory Attitude” Towards the Planet With Laudato Si Initiative

Pope Francis Addresses “Predatory Attitude” Towards the Planet With Laudato Si Initiative

On Tuesday, Pope Francis launched an initiative to make Catholic institutions environmentally sustainable in seven years with the overarching goal of protecting the environment and the poor from climate change.

Why this Matters:  Spiritual leaders across faiths have been taking a stand against climate change. On November 16th, 2020, 47 faith institutions— 42 representing Catholics— announced their divestment from fossil fuels.

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One Shareholder Uprising Thing: Dupont Loses Big Vote on Plastic Pollution

One Shareholder Uprising Thing: Dupont Loses Big Vote on Plastic Pollution

It’s annual meeting season, and corporations are increasingly on the defensive about their carbon footprint, climate change policies, and other social issues.  Most of the time, corporate leaders manage to fend off such resolutions.  But this year, DuPont lost big on a shareholder proposal, filed by a group called As You Sow, that received 81.2 […]

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Vaccine Trash Is Overwhelming the World’s Waste-Management Systems

Vaccine Trash Is Overwhelming the World’s Waste-Management Systems

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Single-use plastics are being taxed and phased out across the country, but what do we do about the single-use items we can’t avoid? This is the conundrum facing the country as the vaccine rollout continues and accelerates. With over 230 million doses administered before President Biden’s 100th day in office, millions of plastic syringes […]

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