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Keeping Cigarette Butt Litter Out of the Bay

October 15, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

As cities and counties across the Bay tackle the problem of single-use plastic bags, cigarette butt litter continues to threaten the Bay's water quality and wildlife.

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San Jose considers banning styrofoam

February 25, 2013 by Kristen Martz

San Jose is considering a ban on styrofoam that if successful would make it the largest city in the nation to nix the use of the non-biodegradable foamy plastic.

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What, exactly, is in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

January 23, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

From the journal of Brian Kallen, who describes his journey through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

Founded in 2001, Oikonos is a non-profit organization working locally and internationally to increase ecosystem knowledge through science, art, technology, and applied conservation. Oikonos’ vision includes incorporating creative ways to communicate knowledge to diverse communities. The organization works to promote understanding and active stewardship of ecosystems by bringing current research projects from the field directly to students, teachers, and the general public.

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Beachcombers Hunt Plastic, and Data

July 01, 2012 by Daniel McGlynn

It's early on a weekday morning, and Chris Pincetich is sifting through a small pile of debris on Stinson Beach. He's at the high-water mark, called the wrack line. That's where buoyant ocean flotsam gets stuck as the tide goes out. As we walk along, he stops and points out how plastic strapping looks a lot like weathered eelgrass. Pincetich isn't your ordinary beachcomber. He's a scientist trying to compile a local data set for a global problem: marine plastic pollution.

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The SF Bay vs.The Bag

February 17, 2012 by Bay Nature

Each year, Bay Area residents discard the equivalent of 10,000 kitchen bags of trash into the San Francisco Bay. What ...

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Kids Clean Up and Make Art at Ocean Beach

May 20, 2011 by Juliet Grable

How do you get 500-plus kids to sit still on the beach? Tell them a helicopter is about to fly overhead and take their collective photograph, and that by the way, they'll also be on television. It happened at Ocean Beach, and all in the name of ocean conservation.

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San Jose a Trailblazer on Banning Single-Use Bags

December 06, 2010 by Erica Reder

Two weeks ago, Los Angeles supervisors voted to ban retailers from distributing single-use plastic bags in unincorporated parts of the county. Then on November 29, the governor argued for a statewide ban of plastic bags at a Sacramento press conference. Now San Jose becomes the nation's largest city to ban plastic bags.

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Turning Back the Plastic Tide

July 01, 2009 by Sue Rosenthal

An innovative program uses albatrosses as “winged ambassadors” to help middle school students learn about the distant consequences of plastics that end up in our ocean.

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Plastic Pollution in the Ocean and What You Can Do About It

July 01, 2009 by Sue Rosenthal

An extensive resource list and tips on how to minimize your plastic use and how to keep what plastic you do use from ending up in the ocean.

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