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Harvard University: More Ocean, Less Plastic | Anna Cummins

The problem of plastic pollution in the oceans is now a recognized threat to the health of our global marine ecosystems. We need new solutions to this ubiquitous plague. The project ‘5 Gyres’ has spent the last seven years surveying plastic pollution across the world’s subtropical gyres, oceanic systems that concentrate floating debris. The goal …

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TED: Charles Moore: Seas of plastic

This talk was held in 2009, since then, not much has happened to deal with the enormous environmental problem of plastics – unable to be broken down in nature – that accumulate in the worlds oceans. Captain Charles Moore was the man who discovered the Pacific Gyre. The vast waste of trash that swirls in …

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TED: Eben Bayer: Are mushrooms the new plastic?

Product designer Eben Bayer reveals his recipe for a new, fungus-based packaging material that protects fragile stuff like furniture, plasma screens — and the environment. This talk was held in 2010, since then, and the successful launch of its MycoFoam packaging solution, Ecovative, a New York-based biomaterials company, has successfully brought mycelium-based biomaterials to the …

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TED: Two young scientists break down plastics with bacteria

Once it’s created, plastic (almost) never dies. While in 12th grade Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao went in search of a new bacteria to biodegrade plastic — specifically by breaking down phthalates, a harmful plasticizer. They found an answer surprisingly close to home. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances …

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TED: Our campaign to ban plastic bags in Bali | Melati and Isabel Wijsen

Plastic bags are essentially indestructible, yet they’re used and thrown away with reckless abandon. Most end up in the ocean, where they pollute the water and harm marine life; the rest are burned in garbage piles, where they release harmful dioxins into the atmosphere. Melati and Isabel Wijsen are on a mission to stop plastic …

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