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Plastic Cleanup Efforts Threaten Ocean Ecosystems 
Plastics adrift in the ocean tend to accumulate in gyres formed where currents collide and swirl. These gyres have long been home to neustons, floating marine ecosystems somewhat akin to kelp beds. It seems the technology used in current efforts to retrieve the plastics may spell doom for the neustons. The Atlantic provides coverage: https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/01/ocean-cleanup-project-could-destroy-neuston/580693/

Confronting Climate Change – The Right to Repair 
The BBC tells of burgeoning efforts in Europe and the U.S. to demand manufacturers make their goods reparable. Many industries have embraced no-repair designs and policies, thwarting efforts to reduce waste. Now, in light of climate change, consumer advocates and governments are pushing back: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46797396

The Outlook for Future Snowpacks 
While recent and predicted storms look to ease the situation some, Western Oregon’s snowpack has been pretty sparse, of late (http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/ftpref/data/water/wcs/gis/maps/or_swepctnormal_update.pdf). Now for the bad news: researchers at OSU think things are likely to get worse in coming years, probably much worse. The Oregonian explains: https://www.oregonlive.com/news/2019/01/osu-study-finds-cascade-snowpack-likely-to-diminish-significantly-in-coming-decades.html

Insect Collapse Threatening Ecosystems 
The widespread collapse of insect populations, in locales worldwide, continues to alarm entomologists, conservationists, agriculturists, and a host of others. The Guardian has at least some of the story, here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jan/15/insect-collapse-we-are-destroying-our-life-support-systems, and more of the story, here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/feb/10/plummeting-insect-numbers-threaten-collapse-of-nature