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Eating One Piece of Plastic Can Kill a Sea Turtle 
Researchers recently investigated the threat plastic pollution in our oceans presents to sea turtles. Their findings are troubling. They found that as little as one piece of ingested plastic had up to a 22 percent chance of killing a sea turtle. That’s not the whole story, though, so I’ll let the Smithsonian fill you in: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-much-plastic-does-it-take-kill-sea-turtle-180970290/

The Shrinking EPA 
With the hostility the current administration has shown toward the protection of the environment and natural resources, it probably comes as no surprise the Environmental Protection Agency is dwindling. The Oregonian has more about the agency’s decline: https://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/09/epa_shrinks_8_and_counting_und.html#incart_river_index

Flying Insects Found to Spread Microplastics 
Research on aquatic insect larvae suggest the resultant adult insects carry microplastics, originally ingested by the juveniles, far and wide, as well as up the food chain. The Guardian details the findings: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/19/microplastics-can-spread-via-flying-insects-research-shows