Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Coral reefs face infection risk from plastic

Scientists have established yet another hazard from the millions of tons of plastic waste that tip into the sea: it delivers microbial infection to the world’s coral reefs. When plastic pollutants snag on coral reefs, the likelihood...

National Action

National Action: to halt the leakage of waste to oceans from coastal nations The topics of waste management and waste reduction also need to be tackled at national levels in each coastal country so that...

Prevention at source

Currently there are no available tools to collect and clean up the accumulation of micro-plastic fragments in the open oceans. Prevention at source is therefore the key action to take in order to reduce...

Innovation

In response to the growing concern over this alarming scenario, many individuals, community groups, businesses and governments have initiated a range of programmes to direct attention to the problem and to attempt to slow...

Legislation

Legislation The Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and other Matter, 1972 Also known as the London Convention, this is one of the first global conventions to protect the marine environment...

What you can do

Buy clothes made from natural fibres (cotton, wool, hemp, bamboo) and wash all clothing less often – when it’s actually dirty! Choose natural, biodegradable alternatives to plastic wherever possible. When buying any product...

Ocean Plastic Crisis Summit

On 20 February 2018, Artists Project Earth presented the Ocean Plastics Crisis Summit. The event was held at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Hosted by Roger Harrabin, BBC Environment Analyst With the following speakers: Bianca Jagger - President,...

The effects of oceans plastics

The Convention on Biological Diversity in 2012, counted 663 species affected by marine debris. Nearly 90% of the impacts were associated with plastic debris and about 15% of the species affected through entanglement and...

What do oceans plastics consist of?

Of the 8 million tons of plastic that enters the world’s oceans every year, 80% originates from land-based everyday post-consumer waste leakage, such as plastic bags, yoghurt pots, toothbrushes, plastic bottles, cigarette lighters, plastic...

How did things get so bad

Plastics and plastic packaging have become increasingly dominant in the consumer marketplace since their commercial development in the 1930s and are now used in every aspect of modern living. It is fair to say...