"The proposed ban is an effort to reduce the plastic polluting the earth's waters: 150 million tons, according to the announcement, killing one million birds and over 100,000 sea mammals, which either eat the waste or get tangled in it."
Via The Gulf Today
"Over 1490 kilograms of marine debris waste were collected by 50 divers from several entities in Abu Dhabi, in addition to a number of divers from other emirates. Waste removed included plastic bottles, aluminum cans, food wrapper containers, abandoned fishing lines and construction materials."
"A mass sporting event the size of the London Marathon can easily get through 750,000 bottles of water and result in up to seven tonnes of waste – a problem that has not gone unnoticed by environmental groups looking to tackle plastics."
"Without intervention soon, the amount of plastic littering the world's oceans is expected to triple within a decade, a new UK government report warns.The "Foresight Future of the Sea" report from the UK Government Office for Science said our oceans have seen "unprecedented change as a result of direct human activity and climate change.""
"Officials at Ecuador's Galapagos National Park say they have collected 22 tonnes of garbage since January off the coasts of the pristine archipelago, some of it from as far away as Asia."
Via Hakai Magazine
"Picturing the England’s coastlines, you might imagine the White Cliffs of Dover, jaunty seaside towns with colorful beach huts, or colonies of seals or puffins and the odd killer whale. Yet nestled in these shorelines are well over 1,000 disused landfills poised to begin shedding their contents—plastic, metal, household waste, and organic contaminants—onto beaches and into the sea."