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On Wednesday, Sept. 26, National Geographic Executive Vice President and Chief Scientist Jonathan Baillie testified before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee at a hearing titled Cleaning Up the Oceans: How to Reduce the Impact of Man-Made Trash on the Environment, Wildlife, and Human Health? Jonathan was joined by Cal Dooley, president and chief executive officer of the……

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By Jessica Perelman, Guest Blogger When Assistant Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, Anela Choy first conducted doctoral research on the feeding habits of large midwater fish predators, it quickly became clear to her that prey items found in the stomachs of longnose lancetfish (Alepisaurus ferox) were hardly digested and fairly easy to identify….

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Planet or Plastic? Takes Comprehensive Approach to Tackling Major Environmental Crisis, Encompassing Storytelling, Consumer Education & Engagement, Scientific Research and Innovative Partnerships June Issue of National Geographic Magazine Looks in Depth at How Single-Use Plastic Impacts Our Planet National Geographic Asks People to Take Simple Steps to Reduce Single-Use Plastic; Hosts 3-Day Takeover on Social Channels Featuring Zooey Deschanel…

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When the United States Embassy in New Zealand asks if you’ll do an Earth Day post about impacts of mismanaged waste on the global environment—with a focus on seabirds—what do you do? Quick, call Lilly Sedaghat and Steph Borrelle! Sedaghat is one of my four fellow Fellows (2017-2018 Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellows, that is), currently studying waste…

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Recycling is a complicated system dictated by market demand, price determinations, local regulations, the success of which is contingent upon everyone, from the product-designer, to the trash-thrower, to the waste collector, to the recycling factory worker.

We consumers play a much more critical role than we might imagine– depending on how we use our products and in what shape we throw them away, determines their value and quality post-use….

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By Erica Cirino On Saturday morning I woke early to a bright, pink sunrise with just one thing on my mind: plastic. Last year I started speaking and giving workshops to young people and adults as a writer and artist covering stories of plastic pollution, science and solutions around the world. I have an upcoming…

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By Dylan Jones Dylan Jones has collected water samples at multiple sites around the world to contribute to Nat Geo Explorer Gregg Treinish’s Adventure Scientists: Global Microplastics Initiative. My mind raced as I picked my way through a snowy rhododendron tunnel. It was late March, and I had just returned home to the Allegheny Mountains…

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Sometimes California gets it right. When it comes to protecting its coast and ocean, the state’s citizens guarantee that. March 24 will mark the 7th annual Ocean Day in Sacramento with dozens of marine conservation activists from Environment California, Heal the Bay, Surfrider, Coastkeeper Alliance and others descending on the Statehouse from up and down…

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On June 6 through 13, a team of scientists, artists, and filmmakers explored remote beaches of Alaska, to assess the impact of debris washing out of the great gyres, or currents, in the Pacific Ocean. Called the Gyre Expedition, the project was launched by the Alaska SeaLife Center and the Anchorage Museum. The multidisciplinary team…

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On June 6 through 13, a team of scientists, artists, and filmmakers explored remote beaches of Alaska, to assess the impact of debris washing out of the great gyres, or currents, in the Pacific Ocean. Called the Gyre Expedition, the project was launched by the Alaska SeaLife Center and the Anchorage Museum. The multidisciplinary team…

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