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Dungeness Crabs Hammered by Ocean Acidification 
Shellfish worldwide are suffering from the devastating effects of ocean acidification. It should come as no surprise, then, Oregon’s Dungeness crabs are suffering, too. While more sensitive species have already shown marked effects from the acidification of our coastal waters, the crabs have proven more resilient. Now, as those waters continue to acidify at a much higher rate than the world’s average, the crabs are feeling it. The Oregonian explains: https://www.oregonlive.com/environment/2020/01/ocean-acidification-is-impacting-dungeness-crabs-oregons-most-valuable-fishery-study-shows.html

Flushable Wipes – A Sewage Nightmare 
Research has shown that the great majority of products sold as “flushable” simply do not break down adequately to warrant the designation. The predictable results are clogged sewage treatment systems and additional municipal expense. To quote one professional, “Wipes are kryptonite — they should not be flushed.” Examining the situation is Undark: https://undark.org/2019/12/23/flushable-wipes/

The Statesman Journal also has an apropos article: https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2020/01/27/sewage-spills-keizer-claggett-creek-mill-creek-turner/4591162002/

Missing Ocean Plastics – The 99% 
It may come as a surprise, given the attention the observable plastics in the ocean receive, but 99 percent of the plastic known to enter the ocean is missing. Where did it go? Well, answers are starting to come in, and they aren’t encouraging. The Guardian reports: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/dec/31/ocean-plastic-we-cant-see

Garden Plants to Attract Native Bees 
While honeybees get the attention, the common European honeybee is not native, and they actually make matters worse for our imperiled native bees. Carefully choosing your garden plants can help, however. Oregon State University Extension Service has composed a list of 25 garden plants which will attract and help to sustain Oregon’s own wild bees: https://today.oregonstate.edu/news/25-plants-attracting-native-bees-garden

Plastic Bags Are Winning 
While Oregon is one of a handful of states which prohibit plastic bags for numerous uses, many more have enacted legislation protecting these environmental malefactors. The chemical industry has money to burn fighting environmental action, and Politico has the story: https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/20/plastic-bags-have-lobbyists-winning-100587