Liquefied Natural Gas Port in the Atlantic Ocean? No Fracking Way!

Growing up in New Jersey, it didn’t quite feel like summertime until I was eating Kohr’s ice cream on Jenkinson’s Boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach or riding a bike on the promenade in Cape May.  My family and I have gone down the shore every summer since I was born. I have spent a lot [...]

A Seventh Grader’s Perspective on Plastic Pollution

In mid-April, I spoke with a seventh grade about her thoughts on plastic pollution (See: In Case You Missed It: Disposable Plastic Still Sucks).  Sophie, from Silicon Valley, CA, believes that "we waste way too much plastic and it is really harming our environment.” She has researched the effects of plastic on the environment as [...]

A 20-something Environmentalist at Blue Vision Summit 4

By now, you have all been bombarded by the phrases "go green" and "be sustainable" in the media, in advertising and from peers, but have you heard of the phrase "go blue?" Not to give you all horrible SAT flashbacks, but "blue" is to the ocean as "green" is to the environment. So, when I [...]

Keeping an Eye on Plastic Pollution

After posting about plastic pollution earlier this week (In Case You Missed It: Disposable Plastic Still Sucks), I realized that it is important to clarify where plastic pollution that ends up in the ocean comes from.  It seems that most people assume plastic pollution comes from beach goers who litter, but that is often not [...]

In Case You Missed It: Disposable Plastic Still Sucks

"I am in 7th grade and my school is doing a project where each student has to research and try and solve one problem in the world.  I have chosen plastic pollution.  We waste way too much plastic and it is really harming our environment." I received the e-mail above earlier this week.  At first, [...]

Scientific Ocean Studies a Load of Garbage?

The Pacific Ocean is home to copious marine flora and fauna, vital fisheries for human consumption, and…a vast pool of litter? The “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” is in the gyre (large system of rotating ocean currents involved with large wind movements) of the North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone in the central North Pacific Ocean. The [...]