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Clearing up Nigeria’s beaches is a community project

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Nigeria has the worst level of air pollution in Africa and has been ranked 4th worst in the world. Unless there are changes made, then the rate of fatalities – currently 150 out of every 100,000 people – will continue to rise. It isn’t only the air quality that is a problem in Nigeria; solid waste and waste disposal are ...

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How to reduce plastic and other ocean pollution

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Liz Hollaway, Jenna Jambeck, Ellie Moss and Brajesh Dubey in this treatise released on Monday, May 26, 2020, offer insights on how to “turn off the tap” of pollutants Volunteers with Greenpeace Philippines clean up a heavily polluted beach in Manila. Photo credit: DW.com Plastic has gone from the greatest invention of the modern era to one of the most challenging materials to manage. ...

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Sweden supports Clean Seas Campaign to curb marine litter

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Litter in the seas is a major global environmental problem. In connection with the Ocean Conference in New York, Sweden is joining the Clean Seas Campaign, a global UN Environment initiative to reduce marine litter. Sweden will also provide financial support to UN Environment’s work on the issue. “Oceans are the lifeblood of humanity, but they are being turned into ...

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Concern as climate change, plastics choke the ocean

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Ahead of the United Nations Ocean Conference to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Life below water), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has called for urgent action on climate change and marine plastic pollution to conserve the ocean and help ensure global food security, coastal protection and sustainable livelihoods. The ocean is said to ...

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Marine litter: UN declares war on ocean plastic

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The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Thursday, February 23 2017 launched a global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter – such as microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic – by the year 2022. Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, Indonesia, the “#CleanSeas campaign” is urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies; ...

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Invisible plastic particles a major source of ocean pollution – Study

Ocean pollution

Tiny plastic particles washed off products such as synthetic clothes and car tyres could contribute up to 30% of the “plastic soup” polluting the world’s oceans and – in many developed countries – are a bigger source of marine plastic pollution than plastic waste, according to a new report by International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The report ...

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Stemming the tide of plastics in oceans

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Plastic pollution seems to be everywhere, from Atlantic beaches to Arctic sea ice to huge swirling vortexes of trash in the Pacific Ocean. Plastics can be found in every shape and size, from microscopic particles to whole refrigerators full of plastic parts. But plastic itself isn’t the enemy, experts insist, saying rather that it’s the way people handle it that ...

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Marine litter: Plastic to outweigh ocean’s fish by 2050

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Plastic litter in the world’s oceans is projected to outweigh fish by 2050, according to new documents released by the World Economic Forum. Because global use of plastic has increased twentyfold in the past 50 years – and that number will likely double again in the next 20 years – the current pace will put the tonnage of litter in ...

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PAVE joins UN marine litter study process

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President of the Lagos-based Pan African Vision for the Environment (PAVE), Anthony Akpan, at the instance of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recently attended a three-day meeting of the Advisory Group for the UNEA-2 Marine Litter Study, of which he is a member representing the Gender and Water Alliance (GWA) in the Netherlands. The meeting was held from 8 ...

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Media executives commit to tackle marine pollution

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A team of environmental journalists who participated in the Abidjan Convention (ABC) workshop that focused on Marine Litter has resolved to step up the fight against marine pollution which is increasingly becoming a major threat to African and global aquatic ecosystems. At the close of a three-day forum at the Ivorian capital city, the journalists in a three-point declaration committed ...

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