Man Made Pollutants

  • Green Turtles Eat Plastic that Looks Like Food

    It may seem obvious but it has now been scientifically proven that green turtles eat plastic that closely resembles sea grass, their preferred food. This research is important, as it shows what kind of plastic pollution is a particular problem.

    By Alex Taylor on 11th October 2019
  • Turtle Nesting Jeopardised by Microplastics

    Tiny pieces of microplastic that persist in the natural environment are accumulating along beaches surrounding the Gulf of Mexico, jeopardising the survival of loggerhead turtles.

    By Alex Taylor on 29th June 2018
  • Vultures Poisoned by Hunters’ Bullets

    Scientists studying African White-backed vultures have discovered that one reason for their decline in numbers is lead poisoning from ingesting hunters bullets.

    By Alex Taylor on 29th April 2018
  • Plastic Pollution Causing Marine Turtle Deaths

    A worldwide survey has revealed that hundreds of marine turtles are dying each year because they are becoming entangled in rubbish in our oceans and on our beaches.

    By Alex Taylor on 11th February 2018
  • Rapid Recovery of the Island Fox

    Island foxes, endemic to the Channel Islands off the southern coast of California, have been removed from the endangered species list following a rapid recovery.

    By Alex Taylor on 6th September 2016
  • New Strategy to Save Sharks and Rays

    More than 1,100 species of sharks and rays, in both marine and freshwater habitats, are facing extinction. Threats to their survival include pollution, habitat loss and overfishing.

    By Alex Taylor on 26th February 2016
  • Marijuana Farms Harm Fishers

    Fishers in Northern California were five times more likely to die from poisoning than predation compared to fishers in the southern Sierra Nevada.

    By Alex Taylor on 20th November 2015
  • Deepwater Horizon: Five Years On

    It is clear that Gulf’s wildlife is still feeling the effects of the disaster. A federal judge will soon decide the case against BP and other companies for violations of the Clean Water Act.

    By Alex Taylor on 27th May 2015
  • “The Sea is not a Rubbish Bin”

    Floating plastic debris is ingested either directly, because the birds believe them to be food items, or indirectly by eating prey that has plastic in their stomach. The result of plastic ingestion is entanglement, ulcers, infections and death to many marine animals.

    By Alex Taylor on 21st May 2014
  • A Paved Paradise

    One new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B has made the surprising discovery that not all is lost when paradise is paved with concrete.

    By Alex Taylor on 26th February 2014