Tag Archive for 'marine pollution'

Thoughtful shoppers say ‘No’ to plastic bags

November 20th, 2012 by Project Aware

According to Project Aware an estimated 500,000,000,000 to 1,000,000,000,000 plastic bags are thrown away every year. Many of these plastic bags take hundreds of years to decompose, and if they decompose while buried in landfills they produce gases harmful to our environment.

UNEP produces comprehensive assessment of global environment

June 7th, 2012 by United Nations Environment Programme

The fifth edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5), launched on the eve of the Rio+20 Summit, assessed 90 of the most-important environmental goals and objectives and found that significant progress had only been made in four. These are: eliminating the production and use of substances that deplete the ozone layer, removal of lead from […]

High nutrient inputs exacerbate acidification of coastal waters

November 24th, 2011 by Nature

High nutrient levels could make coastal waters more susceptible to ocean acidification, suggests a study, ‘Acidification of subsurface coastal waters enhanced by eutrophication‘, published online in Nature Geoscience. Alongside atmospheric inputs of carbon dioxide, human inputs of nutrients to the coastal ocean can lead to an increase in the acidity of these waters.

New international co-operation to tackle marine debris and litter

March 31st, 2011 by United Nations Environment Programme

Government representatives, major industries and leading marine researchers have come together to make a new set of commitments to tackle the widespread problem of debris in the world’s seas and oceans. Despite decades of efforts to prevent and reduce marine debris, such as discarded plastic, abandoned fishing nets and industrial waste, there is evidence that […]

Marine plastic pollution is a main emerging issue in the 2011 UNEP Year Book

February 21st, 2011 by United Nations Environment Programme

One of the two main emerging issues highlighted in the Year Book 2011 is a need for more intensified research on the impact of plastics entering the oceans. There is growing concern over the impact of billions of pieces of plastic, both large and small, on the health of the global marine environment. New research […]