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Science report: US should make less plastic to save oceans-
America needs to rethink and reduce the way it generates plastics because so much of the material is littering the oceans and other waters, the National Academy of Sciences says in a new report.00
Great Lakes artists repurposing trash for art-
Dave Matsen, a retired professional photographer from Ludington, Michigan, found inspiration from his garbage at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Plastic debris is getting into the Great Lakes, our drinking water, and our food-
Watershed cleanups are popular ways of dealing with local plastic pollution, but once large plastic trash disintegrates into microplastics, they’re nearly impossible to pick up.
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Chemical Impact: Microplastic pollution more complex than we think, says new research-
Microplastics act like a chemical sponge, soaking up contaminants such as persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals. Those chemicals, in turn, appear to be causing deformities in larval fish.
Pennsylvania hauled to court over blocking plastic bag bans-
Philadelphia and three other municipalities in Pennsylvania sued the state over what they say was a covert abuse of legislative power to temporarily halt local bans or taxes on plastic bags handed out to customers by retailers.
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Pipelines and Plastic Bottles: Michigan advocate focuses on Line 5 and Nestle bottled water issue-
Great Lakes Now interviewed Liz Kirkwood, executive director of advocacy group For Love of Water, about some of the main controversies and issues relating to Great Lakes water.
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Dismissed: Michigan advocates outraged by state’s bottled water decision-
After two years, the groups were told by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy that they filed the contested case with the wrong agency.
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Plastic Trap: New project pulls plastics out of the lakes, one floating garbage can at a time-
Along the Canadian Great Lakes coast, Seabins – devices that look like trash cans in the water but behave like vacuum cleaners – are being installed.
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Banned: Canada takes next step toward zero plastic waste by 2030-
Plastic gets “toxic” designation, while single-use bottled water gets ban exemption.