In this week’s reading list, breaking records while raising funds for conservation, plastic enters the fossil record, and the mysterious disappearance of Great White Sharks:
First up, thesouthafrican.com reports on the unexplained disappearance of Great White Sharks from Cape Town’s False Bay. After just 50 sightings in 2018, not a single Great White has been spotted so far in 2019. There were an average of 205 sightings per year from 2010 – 2016.
In other ocean conservation news, the South Coast Herald reports on South African freediver Beth Neale, breaking her own freediving record while raising funds for conservation in Bermuda.
Also from the South Coast Herald, the Pennington Conservancy has embarked on a project to turn plastic waste into building bricks that will go into refurbishing the recycling depot in Pennington.
Business Insider explains the new Recycling labels currently rolling out at Clicks, Food Lovers Market, Pick n Pay, Spar, Shoprite and Woolworths.
The Guardian reports that plastic pollution has now entered the fossil record, being found in offshore sediment layers, with contamination increasing exponentially since 1945. Most of the plastic particles were fibres from synthetic fabrics used in clothes, indicating that plastics are flowing freely into the ocean through waste water.
And finally, if you have any plastic bottles in your home, and you’d rather not add to your local landfill, why not reuse them? Try one of these craft ideas for a fun way to use what would otherwise just be unwanted rubbish:
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