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Climate Change Effects On Fish and Fisheries

How Climate Change is Impacting FishBrief Summary: While wildfires and hurricanes are impacting our lives on land due to climate change, fish and marine organisms are also influenced by climate change. What is happening to Earth’s waters, and how is climate change affecting fish? Why should you care, and what can you do to help?…

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Portland Businesses and Nonprofits Collaborating for Good

Portland Businesses and Nonprofits Collaborating for GoodCheck out local Portland nonprofits and businesses collaborating with Ocean Blue to tackle community wide issues. By Karisa BoyceOur communities and our shared environment are in desperate need of collaborative solutions. When we work together we can get the job done more efficiently and more sustainably. Many hands make light…

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Bottled Water vs. Tap Water Are you taking a risk with your drinking water?

Bottled Water vs. Tap Water Are you taking a risk with your drinking water?Subtitle for This BlockIt’s become more convenient than ever before to turn towards bottled water. In the U.S alone, the average resident has increased their consumption of bottled water from 27 gallons in 2009 to over 43 gallons in 2019 (International Bottled…

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Environmental Justice Is Racial Justice environmental justice organizations

Environmental Justice Is Racial Justice environmental justice organizationsby Jasper Cunneen“Once, the Dream’s parameters were caged by technology and by the limits of horsepower and wind. But the Dreamers have improved themselves, and the damming of seas for voltage, the extraction of coal, the transmuting of oil into food, have enabled an expansion in plunder with…

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What are Nurdles – Why You Need to Worry About Them

What are Nurdles – Why You Need to Worry About ThemBy: Ana MexiaNurdles are tiny plastic pellets, and they are causing devastating damage to our environment and marine life. You can find them on your favorite beach, blending in with sand and shells. The first reported appearance of nurdles on beaches dates back to 1970. However,…

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How Grassroots Organizations Are Playing A Role in Reducing Waste

How Grassroots Organizations Are Playing A Role in Reducing WasteAs mass production continues with no sign of slowing down, waste management is cause for concern. By Karisa BoyceEach person produces an average of between 4 to 5 pounds of waste each day. Our estimated world population is now about 7.7 billion. Extensive efforts are ongoing to recycle…

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Black Farmers Take On Monsanto’s Cancer-Causing Weed Killer

Black Farmers Take On Monsanto’s Cancer-Causing Weed KillerBy Maria BruzhayteAt 42 years of age, Dewayne Anthony Lee Johnson won a $78 million settlement against the Monsanto Company. Unfortunately, he won’t live long enough to spend it.A work-related accident left Mr. Johnson drenched in a popular weed killer called Roundup. After developing rashes and lesions, Mr….

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Wildfires Impact on Water- The Aftermath

Wildfires Impact on Water- The AftermathBy R.HeliotWildfires in California rage throughout the state, impacting water quality in nearby bodies of water. While fire retardants contain the blaze, chemical exposure threatens aquatic ecosystems and drinking water.As lightning strikes, wildfires burn more than 1 million acres of land, fill the air with thick, grey smoke and pollute…

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How did tear gas become a major pollutant in the Portland river?

How did tear gas become a major pollutant in the Portland river?by Maria Bruzhayte There’s little known about the properties of CS gas and its long-term effects on humans and the environment. Almost every night since May 25th, the Portland police liberally spray local protestors and city streets with canisters of undisclosed chemical agents that…

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Will the single-use tax cure the looming trash crisis?

Will the single-use tax cure the looming trash crisis?by Maria BruzhayteAssembly Bill 1080 is heading for the ballot in 2022 and will enact the California Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act. The bill intends to regulate producers, retailers, and wholesalers of single-use plastics. This will transfer the burden of plastic recycling from consumers to…

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Specialty T-shirts that Save our Oceans and Beaches

  Specialty T-shirts that Save our Oceans and Beaches By R. Heliot Ocean Blue Project has collaborated with two designers to create specialty t-shirts available to purchase online. Unlike many organizations that only donate 1-5% of sales, all profit made from selling these t-shirts will go directly into funding projects aimed to clean oceans, rivers…

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More than 80% of the ocean is waiting to be explored

More than 80% of the ocean is waiting to be explored. Subtitle for This BlockWe owe it the ocean to explore her depths and collect important data to better protect her. Wrapping 70% of the globe, the ocean provides us with food, transportation, recreation, and renewable energy, as well as dictates the weather and climate patterns….

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Green Investment Is The Right Way To Go In The Post-Pandemic World

Green Investment Is The Right Way To Go In The Post-Pandemic Worldby Irena MensikovaHow can green coronavirus recovery boost the economy? What if we told you ‘going green’ could not only help our planet but it could also create more jobs? It’s not utopia, in fact, this is what the World Economic Forum’s latest report revealed….

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