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Steven Clarke | 10 June, 2018, 19:41

She noted that there are more specific commitments in side agreements, presumably the plastics charter.

By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than there are fish. If dumped into the ocean, plastic straws pose a threat to sea creatures. For instance, around Europe we just documented that in the first decade of the century there's been actually a net gain in the sea grass area. "And we are losing on every front", he stressed.

In 2017, four football clubs from the Major League Soccer league in the United States wore jerseys made from recycled plastic in support of Earth Day.

But the public health concerns of plastic pollution goes beyond the food that we eat.

To mitigate pollution and to ensure sustainable use of resources, what we need at the moment is a dynamic collaboration of people, governments, and corporations. Do your kids have plastic toys?

" South Africans joined the world and started saying no to plastic straws, plastic earbuds, polystyrene, and single use plastic shopping bags", said Porter.

The average "working life" of a plastic grocery bag is 15 minutes? Oceans have spent the past hundreds of millions of years sitting comfortably at an 8.2 pH level. NextWave is an honest attempt on the part of Dell and other participating companies to develop a sustainable model for reducing plastic waste.

As part of measures to tackle the plastic pollution problem, government on Friday announced the "Take Back Scheme", an initiative that would allow people to return empty plastic bottles for a fee. The oceans cover about two-thirds of the surface of the Earth and are the very foundations of life.

Although the oceans are vast, they are a delicate ecosystem, finely tuned to sustain a wide range of marine life in a carefully orchestrated dance.

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Morneau said progress is being made, but more work needs to be done to conclude the negotiations. In addition to the USA and Canada, the group includes Britain, Italy, France, Germany and Japan.

- There are dead zones in the oceans that have been created by pollution.

What are the problems with plastic in our oceans?

What is more alarming is that plastic undergoes photo-degradation, i.e., they get fragmented into microscopic pieces due to the exposure to the sun. The other 20 percent comes from the fishing and shipping industries.

It deteriorates and releases toxic chemicals into the water, such as bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, which are then taken in by fish and, eventually, people. Obviously, the focus of this year's Environment Day has been this - preventing plastic pollution. Unfortunately, not every state is interested in following this course of action. Here are a few things you can do right now.

Indidviduals too have their role to play, making personal choices such as to use combs or kitchen utensils made of wood, not plastic, the WWF said.

Stop using store-bought, one-time use plastic water bottles immediately.

You can also experience what such a task entails from the comfort of your own home: from 2-3pm today, an underwater dive in Santorini, Greece, is being live-streamed on Facebook - watch as a team of divers remove ghost nets and waste from the Aegean Sea. Almost 80% of trash can be found in our landfills is recyclable. Turn off lights and faucets that you're not using. The less consumed is the less that is thrown away. According to reports, the theme was prompted by the eight million tons of plastic that end up in the oceans each year.

Use cloth diapers instead of disposable.

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