For some young Muslim-Americans who've come of age in a post-9/11 America, the week since the Boston Marathon bombings has been a reminder of the tense climate for Muslims in the US after the 2001 terrorist attacks.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generated 32 million tons of plastic waste in 2012. Much of that gets tossed into landfills, but some of it also finds its way into the ocean — much more than previous estimates of ocean-going trash have previously suggested.
No one is happy about the violence that shook Baltimore on Monday, with politicians condemning the rioting and the family of Freddie Gray saying they're "appalled." But others in the city also want to point out the deep social problems that help fuel the anger.