“Sea Snot” Outbreak Covers Coast of Turkey’s Sea of Marmara

“Sea Snot” Outbreak Covers Coast of Turkey’s Sea of Marmara

An invasion of “sea snot” has literally slimed the coast of the Sea of Marmara in Turkey. Like the name suggests, “sea snot,” or marine mucilage, is a snot-like film that floats on the surface of seawater, and stinks. This influx of “sea snot,” is the largest in history, and could threaten marine life and fishing.  

Why this Matters:  Marine mucilage forms when nutrient-rich waters remain stagnant during long stints of hot weather, which then allows phytoplankton to propagate and spread uncontrollably, oozing a mucus that contains protein, carbohydrates, and fat.

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Just 20 Companies Produce More than Half the World’s Single-Use Plastic

Just 20 Companies Produce More than Half the World’s Single-Use Plastic

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer A new study published Tuesday found that just 20 companies are responsible for more than half of all single-use plastic pollution. The Plastic Waste Makers Index names some of the world’s largest plastics manufacturers and notes that many are backed by a small pool of financiers. The study — and its detailed […]

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Communities of Color Exposed to More Pollution From Every Source

Communities of Color Exposed to More Pollution From Every Source

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new study released this week in the journal Science Advances reveals that people of color across America are exposed to more pollution from nearly every source than white communities. This includes pollution from heavy industry, power generation, agriculture, transportation, construction, etc. Black Americans suffer most from pollution exposure, […]

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Delaware Poultry Plant Agrees to Pay $205 Million After Polluting Groundwater for Years

Delaware Poultry Plant Agrees to Pay $205 Million After Polluting Groundwater for Years

One of the largest chicken producers in the country — the family-owned Mountaire Corp. — agreed to pay $205 million to settle two court cases that its Delaware plants contaminated water wells, waterways, and the surrounding air with improperly disposed of wastewater.  

Why this Matters: Groundwater contamination affects communities across the country. In Orange County and Oakland, California groundwater polluted with industrial waste is seeping into sources of drinking water.

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Biden Pledges $20 Billion to Dismantle Highways, Racial Justice Activists Cautiously Celebrate

Biden Pledges $20 Billion to Dismantle Highways, Racial Justice Activists Cautiously Celebrate

President Biden’s new infrastructure plan contains something surprising — funding for “construction” projects to remove highways. Why?  Because for decades, Black communities in cities across the U.S. have been cut off and/or divided by highways and major roads that were built without regard to their impact on those neighborhoods

Why This Matters: Highways built in the 50s and 60s often came at the expense of communities of color. Their impact enforced segregation, disrupt thriving communities, and distanced Black people from city resources and job opportunities.

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The Public is Ready to Recycle as Congress Reintroduces Sweeping Plastics Reform click button

The Public is Ready to Recycle as Congress Reintroduces Sweeping Plastics Reform

Last week, federal legislators reintroduced the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act, which would pass sweeping recycling and single-use plastic regulations.  Experts from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) say that this bill has come at the right time, publishing a national poll that found 86% of Americans believe the U.S. must transition from a throw-away economy to one that emphasizes reuse and recycling.

Why This Matters: The U.S. is the largest plastic polluter in the world but only recycles 8.7% of its plastics. Much of that plastic takes the form of consumer packaging like plastic bags, wrappers, straws, and more.

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