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Plastic Recycling: Myth or Reality

Don’t trust the labelBy: Cieara WestThe green triangle recyclable label does not guarantee a plastic will in fact be recycled. According to a Comprehensive U.S. Survey of Plastics: PET #1 and HDPE #2 labeled plastics are legitimate but plastics #3-7 should be considered litter as they cannot be recycled at U.S. facilities nor at compatible…

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Carbon Dioxide in The Ocean

Carbon Ocean ImplicationsBy Shayna BerglasAmid a pandemic, and a resulting decrease in demand for energy, the United States reported a higher consumption of renewables than coal for the year 2019. Increasingly popular and efficient power sources like wind and solar have given renewables first place in the energy consumption race for the first time in…

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The Intersectionality between Racism and Climate Change

Fighting Racism is the answer to our Climate Crisis.by Cieara WestPeople of color are undoubtedly disproportionately affected by climate change. The Black and Latinx communities are the driving force needed for change, as according to studies by Yale University proves that a higher percentage of Black and Latinx Americans are more concerned about the environment…

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THE PLIGHT OF THE WILD SALMON

Sockeye salmon life cycleBy Marisa RepaschSalmon are vital for the economies of coastal communities, especially those in the Pacific Northwest. Wild salmon also play a critical role in ecosystem heath, from the ocean, to mountain streams and forests. More than 130 animal species, including the Orca whale and the Grizzly Bear, feed on salmon and…

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Students Must Take the Lead in Conservation

Importance of wildlife conservation. by Dorian Martin 07/07/2020Students Must Take the Lead in Conservation. Everybody should care about wildlife conservation. This is no longer an area that is only the domain of ecology and environmental studies students. It is possible to save endangered wildlife and to restore their habitats. The only problem is that the…

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Spotted Owl Of The Pacific Northwest Facts

by Melinda BeamUnder the Endangered Species Act, the northern spotted owl (strix occidentalis caurina) was categorized as a vulnerable species in 1990. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) concluded that the birds are in danger of extinction, citing loss of old-growth surroundings as the primary threat.Several experts have blamed timber harvests and a…

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Ocean Plastic Pollution Facts

Ocean Plastic PollutionBy Richard ArterburyHave you ever thought about how much plastic is in the Ocean and where it all comes from? “Plastic products have grown through the roof over the years,” is the all too common saying. Today, we see how it has grown into the ocean over the last 70 years.Now, the world…

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What is Wastewater?

Waste water consists of water contaminated by human activity and stormwater runoff.By Sriya ByrapuneniWhat is wastewater runoff and how is bad for the Ocean? Waste water consists of water contaminated by human use including feces, urine, laundry and stormwater runoff. This water includes solids and liquid waste along with chemical and heavy metals from pesticides…

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Amphibians Characteristics & Fun Facts

What is a Frogby Tessa BroholmAmphibians Characteristics & Fun Facts for both adults and children. Amphibians are a group of animals that includes frogs, toads, newts and salamanders. They are sometimes confused with reptiles, a group that includes turtles, snakes and lizards, because they share some similarities. For example, both amphibians and reptiles are cold-blooded….

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Solutions To Climate Change In The Ocean | Urban Ocean

Dr. Ayana Johnson “Cities can’t stop climate change,” by Jasper Cunneen posted Jun 15th, 2020 at 2:11pmAt first glance, urban metropolis and environmental steward seem like an unlikely pair. Skyscrapers, crowds, and concrete streets are far from the idyllic scenes of pristine forests, lakes, rivers, and fields that many think of when they turn their minds…

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The Incredible Lives of Dolphins

Incredible Dolphin Facts Dolphins Are AmazingBy Mark McGowanDolphins are considered by many to be our mysterious cousins of the ocean. The depth of their intelligence is hard to fully quantify, and we will explore more on their brains, language and emotional behavior but one thing is pretty much universally agreed: Dolphins are magnificent, beautiful creatures…

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Microplastics The Main Cause of Ocean Pollution

Microplastics are tiny and very hard to cleanup Article by Richard ArterburyMicroplastics are the main cause of ocean pollution, and are extremely small pieces of plastic created by the breakdown of larger plastic waste, are a main cause of ocean pollution and are often hard to see with the naked eye. Most plastic ocean pollution…

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Sea Turtle Facts

Sea Turtle Factsby Richard ArterburySea turtles Facts and how long they have lived on Earth and in our Ocean for around 110 million years. Sea turtles eat large numbers of jellyfish, and are a important link to our marine ecosystems, our coral reefs and to seagrass beds. Sea turtles provide a large attraction to humans,…

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Planting Native Trees and Protecting Brazilian Waterways

Planting Native Trees Protecting Brazilian WaterwaysOcean Blue is working to restore the Amazon’s biodiversity along with its lesser known neighbor, the Cerrado region, one tree at a time. By Karisa BoyceThe Amazon is the most biodiverse tropical rainforest on the planet. One in ten wildlife species depend on its canopy for life, while humans highly value…

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Ocean Cleanup Volunteer Projects | Wells Fargo Branch Employees

​Ocean Cleanup Volunteer Projects Wells Fargo Branch Employees. by Karisa Boyce 05/7/2019After attending a Create a Cleanup program through Ocean Blue Project, many participants choose to donate to the organization and become Annual Corporate Members. Wells Fargo Asset Management of San Francisco is one of many businesses contributing as Annual Corporate Members with donations supporting beach…

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CloudBees Employees Beach Cleanup Volunteers Santa Cruz California

Software provider CloudBees joins A Beach Cleanup Volunteer project for the Santa Cruz Beach California Chapter  by Karisa Boyce of Ocean Blue Project As climate change advocacy and stewardship continues rising, corporate leaders are taking on more responsibilities in protecting and restoring our planet. Last summer, CloudBees, a software provider from San Jose, CA, took…

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What is Marine Snow?

Ocean Blue receives so many questions everyday from our members, and one question we really enjoy answering is: does it snow in the ocean?by Karisa Boyce of Ocean Blue ProjectThe short answer is yes– there is such a thing as marine snow, but it’s not the snow you’re thinking of when you build a snowman…

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Cliff Jumping at The Tamolitch Blue Pool

Video of Tamolitch Blue Pool in Oregon. Bring drinking water for the hike is a few miles and water is super cold. The beauty of Tamolitch Falls (also known as Tamolitch Blue Pool)​has been a popular spot for many years. With water temperatures at almost unbearable temperatures jumping in after the long hike is not advised by Ocean Blue.​Tamolitch blue…

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The Clothing We Choose Affects the World’s Water

Meet the owner of Faeries Dance by Karisa Boyce Ocean Blue an Oregon ocean nonprofit, is concerned about the impact of the textile industry on our natural water resources, specifically the clothes we all wear and wash everyday. Faeries Dance is a socially responsible company that offers clothing made of environmentally sensitive fabrics and low-impact dyes. The CEO of…

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Two Children holding a boxed water after a beach cleanup

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