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Everybody's Plastic

In this Podship Earth podcast, Jared Blumenfeld, California's Secretary for Environmental Protection, meets with leaders tackling how to both starve and clean up the pacific garbage patch.

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Microplastics

Little debris, big problem: Plastic debris can come in all shapes and sizes, but those that are less than five millimeters in length are called “microplastics.” NOAH

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Teens ban bags

Teenage sisters Melati and Isabel Wijsen of Bali have received many honors for their efforts to ban plastic bags. Above: They accept the 2017 "Award for Our Earth" from Germany's Bambi Awards. NPR

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Plastics and Carbon

By one estimate, emissions from producing and incinerating plastics could amount to 56 gigatons of carbon — almost 50 times the annual emissions of all of the coal power plants in the U.S. — between now and 2050. NPR

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Plastic: giant carbon footprint

By one estimate, emissions from producing and incinerating plastics could amount to 56 gigatons of carbon — almost 50 times the annual emissions of all of the coal power plants in the U.S. — between now and 2050. NPR

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Ocean food chain

The deep ocean is filled with sea creatures like giant larvaceans. They're actually the size of tadpoles, but they're surrounded by a yard-wide bubble of mucus that collects food — and plastic.