Sea Save Foundation “Ocean Week in Review” September 21, 2018: 1. Salesforce CEO Leads with the “Benioff Ocean Initiative”: Corporations Can Lead 2. Ocean Issues Top Issue at California Global Climate Action Summit 3. Australia’s First Recorded Marine Extinction 4. Appetite for Shark Fin Drives Threatened Shark Population Decline 5. Secret Lair of Great White Sharks Discovered in Mystery Void of Pacific Ocean 6. Mosquitoes Contaminating Global Ecosystems by Carrying With Tiny Bits of Plastic from Water to Land 7. Jamaica to Ditch Single Use Bags, Plastic Straws and Styrofoam in 2019 8. Mexico Stops Hotel Project at Sea Turtle Nesting Beach 9. Florida Keys’ Corals are Growing but have Become More Porous 10. Paris Global Warming Projections Could be Exceeded Sooner than Expected because of Melting Permafrost 11. With Ocean Noise Increasing, Scientists Explore Relief for Marine Life 12. Heartache in the San Juan Islands: Locals Grieve as Resident Orcas Face Extinction 13. California Bans Plastic Straws at Dine-In Restaurants Except by Request
Sperm whales have the largest brain of any creature known to have lived on Earth. Sperm whales are known to dive as deep as 3,280 feet in search of squid to eat. These giant mammals must hold their breath for up to 90 minutes on such dives. They became the iconic whal figure in Herman Melville’s classic novel “Moby Dick” 📷: A Cotton Photo
Victory! You did it! You helped us get the groundbreaking and critical piece of legislation: 1) through the Assembly 2)through the Senate 3) FINALLY off Governor Jerry Brown’s desk and into California law.
Kudos Ian Calderon and Richard Bloom for introducing this bill. Time to celebrate… without plastic straws 🙂
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed the nation’s first state law barring dine-in restaurants from giving customers plastic straws unless they are requested, saying discarded plastic is “choking our planet.”
#WeekinReviewhttp://ow.ly/7YxH30lQLFr Plastic is killing 40 per cent of young sea turtles, shocking new research has shown.Baby turtles are almost four times more likely to be killed by ingesting plastic waste compared to adults. Not only do these animals have weaker bodies, but they also feed in offshore waters closer to the surface, which are more likely to be contaminated with large plastic items that can accumulate in their digestive tracts. Post mortems on almost 1,000 dead turtles found more than half of the babies – and about a quarter of juveniles – had swallowed plastic, compared to just one in seven adults.The study looked at species including loggerheads, green turtles, leatherbacks, hawksbills, Kemp’s ridleys Olive ridleys and flatbacks.
California restaurants could only provide plastic straws to customers upon request if Gov. Jerry Brown signs a measure now headed to his desk. Assembly Bill 1884 — which covers full-service dining, but not takeout establishments like fast-food restaurants — was approved 45-20 in the Assembly on Thursday. It aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution, according to Assemblyman Ian Calderon, a Whittier Democrat who carried the legislation. “This is a small step that isn’t a ban that can help us curb the issue of single-use plastics in our environment — the getting in our ocean, our waterways, and our landfills,” Calderon said on the Assembly floor. “These are not easily recyclable materials.” http://ow.ly/T0EF30lQM1t#AB1884#StrawsSuck#BanPlasticPollution#UseLessPlastic