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The Big Picture

In this Issue:

  • Winter 2019
  • In Philadelphia, a Wellspring for Artistic Creativity
  • Inspired by the Power of Knowledge
  • The Big Picture
  • Noteworthy
  • Teens and Their Cellphones
  • Dispatch: Key to Healthy Fisheries
  • Stateline: Movement Motivator
  • 'Defining the Universe' Is Essential with Survey Data
  • Q&A: Science-Based Accord to Protect Arctic Ocean
  • States Jump at Chance to Boost Revenue with Sports Betting
  • Return on Investment
  • Improving Public Policy
  • Informing the Public
  • Invigorating Civic Life
  • End Note: A New Way to Categorize Americans by Religion
  • Progress in 2018: A Year of Working Together
  • What Is the Future of Truth?
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Local surf champ Dede Suryana rides a wave laden with plastic bags, noodle wrappers, and other trash in South Java, Indonesia, in 2013. The murky surf was photographed after a storm in a remote area located some 15 hours by car from Jakarta. Plastic packaging and single-use items account for 61 percent of litter scattered across beaches worldwide, with debris found in every ocean, including the waters off remote islands, the two poles, and even the deep sea floor. In 2017, factories produced a cumulative 8.3 billion metric tons of new plastic—only 9 percent of that amount has ever been recycled. Up to 13 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean each year; equivalent to a garbage truck emptying trash into the sea every minute. Pew is working with governments, industry, scientists, and nongovernmental organizations to better understand this global problem, and help find solutions aimed at reducing the amount of plastic entering the ocean.

Noteworthy Inspired by the Power of Knowledge

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What Is the Blue Economy?

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Fisheries, tourism, and shipping are some of the ways we quantify the monetary value of the ocean—but it also drives weather patterns and provides more than 1 billion people with their primary source of protein. As the ocean faces increasing environmental stresses, what would an economic approach mean for conservation efforts? We explore the issue with a fishing family in Florida and Pew’s Tom Dillon.

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Learn the Basics of Broadband from Our Limited Series

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How does broadband internet reach our homes, phones, and tablets? What kind of infrastructure connects us all together? What are the major barriers to broadband access for American communities?

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What Is Antibiotic Resistance—and How Can We Fight It?

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs,” are a major threat to modern medicine. But how does resistance work, and what can we do to slow the spread? Read personal stories, expert accounts, and more for the answers to those questions in our four-week email series: Slowing Superbugs.