Eunomia Research & Consulting, alongside digital consulting and communications company ICF, has been assigned the task of developing the evidence base for the European Commission’s upcoming Plastics Strategy, expected at the end of 2017.
A campaign has been launched for the UN to recognise a large area of plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean as an official country, with former US Vice President Al Gore becoming the first honorary citizen of ‘the Trash Isles.’
Beach litterers are being targeted by Brighton and Hove City Council and environmental behaviour change charity Hubbub, who together have launched a new campaign, #Streetsahead, aiming to stop people from littering on the beaches and prevent marine plastic pollution.
The Marine Conservation Society has issued a call for volunteers to take part in this year’s Great British Beach Clean (15-18 September), a nationwide event dedicated to cleaning Britain’s beaches and recording litter collected.
A bottle deposit return scheme is among five actions put forward by think tank Green Alliance that could help to reduce marine plastic pollution by up to two thirds, after new analysis from the think tank revealed that current government policy will only deal with two per cent of the problem.
The UN Oceans Conference has seen hundreds of commitments made and a ‘call to action’ released as UN member states pledge to work to protect the oceans, while ISWA has set up a Marine Litter Task Force.
The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch project conceived to clear some of the oceans’ most polluted areas of plastic, has raised $21.7 million since November 2016, allowing the project to begin large-scale trials of its cleanup technology.