Debris on a beach near Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (Credit: Loranchet / Wikimedia)

Plastic Debris And Policy

Captain Charles Moore introduced the world to the ‘Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ in the mid-1990s. Since then, there has been increasing interest from scientists, the public and policy makers regarding plastic debris in the environment. A new article now outlines the current research, identifies research gaps on plastic debris and reviews some of the weight of evidence regarding contamination, fate and effects of the material.

Geoscience data help make local and global decisions (Credit: Wikimedia)

Good Geoscience Data Yield Good Decisions

This week’s ongoing Advances in Earth Science Briefing Series focused on these data as an asset for decision-making. Speakers highlighted the current state of data collection and its myriad uses.

Climate change impacts global food security (Credit: http://www.climatechange-foodsecurity.org/)

Climate Change: Threatening The Pillars Of Our Global Food System

At Center for American Progress’s event, “The National Security Implications of Climate Change and Food Security,” RADM Jonathan White, USN (Ret.), President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, affirmed the undeniable connection between food security, climate change, and national security.