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The World’s Largest Dumpster: The Pacific Ocean Environment Featured 

The World’s Largest Dumpster: The Pacific Ocean

Hawaii (GREED) – The problem of plastic pollution in the ocean is monumental, and the evidence is washing up on the shores of some of the world’s most remote islands. In the Hawaiian archipelago, remote and difficult to access shoreline is discovered to be covered in plastic pollution, washing up here after decades of human carelessness and neglect. Recently, awareness of the problem has risen, but many people are still not aware of the existence of billions of tons of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Each major ocean on Earth is now host to garbage gyres, areas where Read More

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Paradise Lost: Hawaii Home to One of the World’s Dirtiest Beaches Environment Featured 

Paradise Lost: Hawaii Home to One of the World’s Dirtiest Beaches

Hawaii (Sputnik) – The tropical islands of Hawaii are known for its beautiful white beaches and crystal clear blue waters. It’s hard to imagine that one of these picturesque far-flung holiday destinations is also considered to have one of the dirtiest beaches in the world. Kamilo Point, a beach in the rural Ka’u district of the Big Island of Hawaii, is a wasteland according to experts. Despite its pockets of lava rock and beautiful natural wildlife, the ocean’s currents are so powerful that the winds deposit thousands of pounds of man-made trash on the beach every year. Kamilo, also known as “plastic beach,” has been know to host hair Read More

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New Study Finds Nanoparticles May Contribute to Cardiovascular Disease Environment Health Science and Nature 

New Study Finds Nanoparticles May Contribute to Cardiovascular Disease

New Delhi (SciDev.Net) – Inhaled nanoparticles can enter the bloodstream and accumulate in blood vessels and bodily sites vulnerable to cardiovascular disease, a new study suggests. People around the world are constantly exposed to nanoparticles mostly emitted by vehicle exhaust, but the risks are greater in crowded Asian cities, which are seeing a dramatic rise in the number of vehicles on the roads. In the study — the results of which were published on 26 April in ACS Nano — healthy volunteers exposed to gol nanoparticles were shown retaining them in the body for as long as three months. Experiments Read More

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