Friday, April 11, 2014

Plastic Garbage Killing Oceans


Is 20 millions tons enough? Scientists recommend plastic crackdown as oceans chok
Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0402-samoray-plastic-ocean.html#s5Z29cFSclFcXDmi.99
Is 20 millions tons enough? Scientists recommend plastic crackdown as oceans choke
Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0402-samoray-plastic-ocean.html#s5Z29cFSclFcXDmi.99
Is 20 millions tons enough? Scientists recommend plastic crackdown as oceans choke
Read more at http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0402-samoray-plastic-ocean.html#s5Z29cFSclFcXDmi.99
Animals readily mistake plastic floating in the ocean for food. This albatross chick likely starved after it was fed too much plastic by its parents. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Is 20 Million Tons  Enough. Scientists say Oceans are choking







By Chris Samoray 





(Mongabay.com) – Every year, 20 million tons of plastic enters the world’s oceans. In 2012, the Rio +20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development dubbed marine plastic litter “a major environmental issue that the world must address,” and asked for management action by 2025. One group of researchers started early and was among the first to take on the Rio +20 call to tackle marine plastic pollution, presenting a “Top Ten” list of recommendations ranging from international treaties to public education and awareness programs. 



Marine debris litters a beach on Laysan Island in the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
“Plastic marine litter is far more than an aesthetic problem,” writes the team from the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability in a study published in UCLA’s Pritzker Environmental Law and Policy Briefs [pdf]. “Increasing harm to marine wildlife and rising economic costs provide an enormous incentive to tackle the global plastic marine litter problem more aggressively.” 


New Breed of Fish?
The team suggests that international cooperation is among the most urgent action needed to better control marine plastic waste. One of their recommendations is an international treaty on par with the 1989 Montreal Protocol—an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer—that would employ strong monitoring, tracking and reporting practices, along with marine litter standards enforceable on a global scale.


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