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Montevideo, November 21st 2018 - 16:50 UTC

Tag: plastic

  • Monday, October 15th 2018 - 08:29 UTC

    East Falkland, among most plastic contaminated shores in South Atlantic Islands

    The amount of plastic reaching the South Atlantic remote regions has increased at all levels, from the shore to the seafloor

    The amount of plastic washing up onto the shores of remote South Atlantic islands is ten times greater than it was a decade ago, according to new research published in the journal Current Biology. Scientists investigating plastics in seas surrounding the remote British Overseas Territories, including East Falkland, discovered they are invading these unique biologically-rich regions. This includes areas that are established or proposed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

  • Wednesday, July 11th 2018 - 08:15 UTC

    UK funding to fight plastic pollution in St Helena and conservation projects in BOTs

    The new projects will see a scheme to reduce and monitor plastic pollution on the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic

    The United Kingdom government has announced a package of funding and support for UK Overseas Territories. The new projects will see a scheme to reduce and monitor plastic pollution on the island of St Helena in the South Atlantic and a new data collecting and reporting system for Montserrat to help create long-term sustainable fisheries.

  • Tuesday, April 10th 2018 - 09:02 UTC

    Plastic crisis: divert foreign aid to dumpsites in developing countries

    Some 38 out of 50 of the world’s largest uncontrolled dump sites are in coastal areas and many of them spill waste directly into the sea.

    By Christine Cole (*) - Plastic pollution in the oceans is a major problem that is finally getting the attention it deserves, thanks to Blue Plan II. It makes headline news almost every week – and famous figures such as the Pope, Prince Charles, Dame Ellen MacArthur and Sir David Attenborough have all joined the debate.

  • Monday, May 14th 2012 - 05:08 UTC

    Huge garbage patch in north Pacific is creating changes in the ocean food web

    The great Pacific garbage patch is believed to have the size of the state of Texas

    In a part of the ocean known as the North Pacific Gyre, human-produced plastic has increased 100-fold over the past 40 years, according to a new study. This is the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is not an actual floating island of garbage, but which is filled with floating bits of plastic, often fingernail-sized, mostly from the US west coast and from the east coast of Asia.

  • Monday, July 11th 2011 - 07:40 UTC

    Millions of tons of plastic debris in oceans lethal threat for whales and dolphins

    Dead whales ingested with plastic have appeared in seas round the world

    Millions of tons of plastic debris dumped each year in the world's oceans could pose a lethal threat to whales and dolphins, according to a scientific assessment to be presented at a key international whaling forum this week.