The beauty of Blue Planet II, the latest offering from David Attenborough, is that it transported us to a vast world of untouched marine ecosystems, seemingly beyond human reach. But don’t be fooled by the mise en scène. Researchers have discovered our plastic waste is now littering the deepest ocean floor on the planet and is being ingested by the microorganisms which live there.
The research, led by Dr Alan Jamieson from the University of Newcastle, tested samples of deep... More
By now we all know about the impact on plastic in the oceans, but do we comprehend where it’s actually coming from, as a study reveals that 90 per cent per cent of all plastic entering the marine environment comes from just ten major rivers?
The LGA has called for more manufacturers to provide take-back services for furniture and mattresses after Defra announced that cash-strapped local authorities spent an estimated £57.7 million on clearing up fly-tipping in 2016/17.
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.