Plastic pollution may be creating a whole new ecosystem in the ocean

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WASHINGTON — Plastic pollution has become an unfortunate fact of life all over the world — including in the oceans. While all that junk floating around can pose a serious threat to many animals, a new study finds some species may have actually turned it into an entirely new ecosystem! The North Pacific “Garbage Patch” …

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Cigarette butts are leaking thousands of deadly toxins into the environment

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GOTHENBURG, Sweden — Many smokers and non-smokers are familiar with the stale stench of old cigarette butts polluting sidewalks, bus stops, and beaches all over the world. Cigarette filters are the most common form of litter on a global scale. Now, researchers from the University of Gothenburg report that these butts are also leaking thousands of …

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