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Juneau nonprofit fights for health of ocean

Published on September 16, 2007 under Other
By HILDEGARD SELLNER Originally appeared in the Juneau Empire on September 16, 2007. Turning the Tides is a Juneau-based non-profit organization. Our focus is the ocean and its health. What is the problem with the ocean? Every day, people around the world pour tons of hazardous garbage into the ocean, causing mass death of plants and animals. Our group focuses on one kind of hazardous garbage: plastics. Plastics pose a threat in two ways. First, mechanically: Plastic bags, bottle caps, etc. are a choking hazard and block sea animals' digestion. Second, as a toxin: Plastics contain and accumulate PCBs (polychlorinated…
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