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Montevideo, June 18th 2019 - 15:09 UTC

Tag: Marine pollution

  • Tuesday, May 14th 2019 - 09:11 UTC

    Record diver detects plastic bag at the deepest place on Earth

    Victor Vescovo, a retired naval officer, made the unsettling discovery as he descended nearly 10,928m to a point in the Pacific Ocean's Mariana Trench

    On the deepest dive ever made by a human inside a submarine, a Texas investor found something he could have found in the gutter of nearly any street in the world: trash.

  • Saturday, March 30th 2019 - 08:04 UTC

    EU bans use of plastic cutlery and cottons buds by 2021

    Growing concerns about plastic pollution in oceans and stories of dead whales with plastic in their stomachs have prompted the EU to take more drastic steps

    Single-use plastic items such as straws, forks and knives as well as cotton buds will be banned in the European Union by 2021 following a vote by EU lawmakers last Wednesday as the bloc pushes manufacturers to step up their recycling efforts. 

  • Thursday, November 29th 2018 - 07:31 UTC

    Falklands' waters micro-plastics pollution comparable to areas of UK

    The research, led by Dr Dannielle Green of Anglia Ruskin University, involved sampling at 11 sites on the Falkland Islands and six sites on Ascension Island

    The first study to investigate micro-plastics around Ascension Island and the Falkland Islands – two of the most remote locations in the South Atlantic Ocean – has found levels of contamination comparable with the waters around the UK.

  • Wednesday, November 14th 2018 - 08:09 UTC

    First global multi-agency operation against marine pollution crimes

    The global network of “30 Days at Sea” coordinators involved environmental, maritime and border agencies, police forces, customs, and port authorities

    An international law enforcement operation against maritime pollution has revealed hundreds of violations and exposed serious cases of contamination worldwide. Codenamed 30 Days at Sea, the month-long (1 to 31 October) operation saw some 276 law enforcement and environmental agencies across 58 countries detect over 500 offences, including illegal discharges of oil and garbage from vessels, ship-breaking, breaches of ship emissions regulations, and pollution on rivers and land-based runoff to the sea.

  • 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).

  • Monday, April 16th 2018 - 08:40 UTC

    UK earmarks £61.4 million to fight the rising tide of plastic pollution in oceans

    The issue of plastic waste caused public outcry after Blue Planet II, narrated by Sir David Attenborough, highlighted the scale of the problem.

    The UK Government has earmarked a £61.4 million war chest to fight the rising tide of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Theresa May announced the fund ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London this week.