This Year’s Theme Focuses on Combating Plastic Pollution

Comox Valley group hosts info evening on plastics and microplastics in the oceans    
     Jun. 7 2018 11:30

Comox Valley group hosts info evening on plastics and microplastics in the oceans Jun. 7 2018 11:30

They also picked up 1 million plastic beverage bottles and about a half-million each of plastic bags and drinking straws.

Carlos M. Duarte: No, plastic waste is the one that has gained a lot of popularity but it's by far not the most important problem of the ocean at all.

The estimated number of tons of plastic that enter oceans annually.

American Express prototype of the first-ever credit card made primarily with Ocean Plastic. And in fact we've just realized that we are lagging behind society in taking action and now [even] many private citizens. And we are losing on every front.

"You need to be bringing in cities and of course you need to be bringing in people". Do your kids have plastic toys?

All countries around the Mediterranean should boost recycling, ban single-use plastics such as bags and bottles, and phase out the use of micro plastics in detergents or cosmetics by 2025. Research from the Ocean Project shows that pollution, especially plastics pollution, is already widely accepted as a big problem that we need to and can address.”.

"It's critical for the survival of marine animals, and really all living organisms, that we take concrete and committed steps to reduce our use of plastic", said Jens Currie of PWF. Europe has the lowest plastic contamination at 72 percent.

The percentage of the Earth's surface that is covered by water. Most of those end up in our oceans, polluting the water and harming or killing marine life.

Pollution from land is creating vast coastal dead zones.

What are the problems with plastic in our oceans? This chain goes on. Birds often mistake tiny pieces of plastic for food.

The percentage of sea turtles that have been found to have ingested plastic. But the mention of plastics waste by heads of government of some of the world's largest economies indicated the rising concern.

It is swallowed by fish and other marine life.

It absorbs hazardous substances such as DDT, PCBs, and PAH. We have polluted the air, rivers, streams, soil, seas, and oceans to such an extent that harmful chemicals and pollutants are making their way into our food bowls.

Other dignitaries on hand for the G7 meeting, in Charlevoix, Quebec, spoke about plastics pollution. Plastic pollution is threatening fishing industries and littering our beaches. It is also costly to clean up. As the National Geographic campaign slogan states, "Planet or Plastic". Here are a few things you can do right now.

Stop buying single-use coffee pods. "I carry my own cloth bag to the market or shops", says Abhijith Muralidharan, a PhD Scholar at the Department of Marine Biology, Microbiology & Biochemistry, CUSAT.

Almost 80 per cent of wastewater is discharged into the sea without treatment. In the United States and the UK, 550 million straws are thrown away every day.

Use cloth diapers instead of disposable ones.

Stay away from products with microbeads.

Use bar shampoo and soap. She has authored, co-authored, and written more than 50 books and thousands of articles on a wide range of topics.

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