Resources & Links

A balloon bursts 111,000 feet above Greece. Photo by SlaRos Project.

Watch a balloon burst at 111,000 feet above Greece. The balloon bursts around minute 4:24. Try to freeze the frame at 4:29. Video by
SlaRos project, which bills itself as Greece's the first sub-orbital photography effort.

NASA photo of a balloon bursting high above Earth.

NOAA's (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Admin) Marine Debris Blog: a summary of the problem of balloon litter. (April 2013). This blog includes this photo by NASA of a balloon bursting high above Earth.

Resources About The Importance of Helium

Senate Acts to Save Federal Helium Program -- By David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post, Sept 19, 2013

Up, Up and Away -- New York Times analysis about the importance of helium, and its rising value. (May 25, 2013)

Legislation Proposed to Extend Helium Sales Deadline -- New York Times. (May 17, 2012)

Essay about balloons, litter, and helium depletion  by Cherri Megasko

Resources About Balloon Litter (sources, impacts, laws, education)

Balloons as Litter Research. This study is being conducted in Virginia, USA by the Virginia Aquarium and Clean Virginia Waterways. BalloonResearch,

See a fox and a raccoon save a bird & a sea turtle from balloons & ribbons!  Ranger Rick

 “No More Balloon Releases” Facebook Page:   Facebook

“Balloons Blow” Facebook page and web site with TONS of info & photos

The Marine Conservation Society in the United Kingdom has many resources: What’s the Problem with Balloons?

Pledges to not release balloons…and more good stuff:  KeepWales Tidy

Summary of the sources and impacts of balloons as litter: Clean Virginia Waterways

Essay about outdoor balloon releases found on, written by an unnamed balloon professional. The essay suggests that the balloon industry is searching for a perfect answer when it is charged with the concept that released balloons = litter.  Essay on

Bighorn sheep (a protected species) are attracted to balloons & eat them. Article by Rebecca Barboza, Wildlife Biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game, USA.

Balloon Release for Sandy Hook Victims: an article by Tommy Rowan, The Express-Times, New Jersey, USA. The comments are an interesting read

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