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May 17, 2020

Chile joins Nature and Plastic!

Bienvenidos, Welcome Chile to Nature and Plastic, the first South American country to join the umbrella project! Many thanks to @diegoalmendras for creating the Marine Nature and Plastic project for his country.
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/cl-marine-nature-and-plastic

Chile has a lengthy coastline, 6,435 km, so it will be interesting to see what kind of marine observations of nature affected by plastic are added to the project.

For example, this amazing observation of a beautiful, colourful but threatened Red-legged Cormorant on an equally colourful but sadly plastic lined nest: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31270934

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April 12, 2020

France joins Nature and Plastic!

Bienvenue, Welcome France to Nature and Plastic! Merci beaucoup to @vhamon for setting up the Terrestrial and Marine projects for the France mainland and island territories: "France métropolitaine" vs "France d'outre mer" as Valentin informed me.

View the France projects
FR Terrestrial: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fr-terrestrial-nature-and-plastic
FR Marine: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fr-marine-nature-and-plastic

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March 07, 2020

Deep-sea crustacean species named Eurythenes plasticus to highlight pollution

Researchers have named a new deep-sea crustacean species found to contain plastic particles, Eurythenes plasticus, to highlight pollution after discovering it in the deepest waters on the planet, the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean.

"Plastic waste exports frequently end up in Southeast Asia, where waste management is often insufficient or non-existent. Because most of the plastic waste cannot be recycled, it will often get burned or dumped at repositories instead. From there it finds its way into rivers and, ultimately, into the ocean. Once in the water, plastic waste breaks apart into micro plastics and spreads through the ocean where it is ingested by marine animals such as E. Plasticus."

Read more:
https://www.ncl.ac.uk/press/articles/latest/2020/03/eurythenesplasticus/

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December 08, 2019

Finland joins Nature and Plastic!

Tervetuloa, and Welcome Finland, the first European country to join Nature and Plastic! Many thanks to @kaupunkilinnut for taking the initiative to create the two projects for Finland.

FI Terrestrial: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fi-terrestrial-nature-and-plastic
FI Marine: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/fi-marine-nature-and-plastic

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November 21, 2019

Botswana joins Nature and Plastic!

Welcome to Botswana, the first landlocked country to join Nature and Plastic, and the second African nation to participate. Thank you to @botswanabugs for enthusiastically setting up the Terrestrial project for his country: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/bw-terrestrial-nature-and-plastic

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November 16, 2019

United States joins Nature and Plastic!

A warm welcome to the United States who joined Nature and Plastic this week! Many thanks to @biohexx1 for setting up the US Marine and Terrestrial projects. Already seeing some incredible, but sad observations.

White-tailed deer with a plastic jug caught on its antlers: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/15122458

Endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtle trapped in fishing line:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/24641

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November 14, 2019

Plastic debris from tyres and synthetic fabrics are a major source of ocean pollution

2017 BBC News article by Helen Briggs.

"Microplastics from tyres and textiles are a bigger source of marine pollution than the breakdown of larger plastic waste in some areas, says the IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Our daily activities, such as washing clothes and driving, significantly contribute to the pollution choking our oceans, with potentially disastrous effects on the rich diversity of life within them, and on human health."

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-39042655

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November 09, 2019

Australia and South Africa join the Nature and Plastic project!

Nature and Plastic is thrilled to welcome Australia and South Africa to the global umbrella project! Many thanks to @thebeachcomber in Australia, and @mirandanaf in South Africa for creating the Marine and Terrestrial Nature and Plastic projects for their countries. We look forward to the addition of more countries from the iNaturalist community!

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