Deltares and IVM-VU investigate microplastic litter in the North Sea

Deltares and IVM-VU inv...

Plastic waste, including microplastics, can be found throughout the world’s oceans and in the North Sea. This is a complex global environmental problem that could have wide-ranging negative impacts on the ecosystem and human health. While much is known about the macroplastic marine...
TEDxNewy 2011 – Tim Silverwood – How did our lives become so plastic?

TEDxNewy 2011 – Tim Sil...

In July 2011, Tim Silverwood sailed 5000km from Hawaii to Vancouver to research and document the accumulation of plastic in the infamous North Pacific Gyre, otherwise known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Tim, a keen surfer, developed a love affair with the ocean from a young age and...
Final report ‘Plastics do not belong in the ocean’ released

Final report ‘Plastics ...

Based on the most recent scientific insights the report gives an analysis of the problem of plastic marine litter. It deals with the causes, effects and possible solutions, both globally and specifically for the North Sea. It was written by IMSA Amsterdam with involvement of several...
“After the Folly”

“After the Folly”

The only difference is that the fools on the bottom of the sea are not jumping, dancing and kissing each other to the frenetic and deafening sound of the bands. Instead they are rolling from side to side in a morbid choreography, silently moved by the waves of the sea, without any dance,...
Global plastics industry launches action plan for solutions on marine litter

Global plastics industr...

“Plastics makers from around the globe agree that our products don’t belong in world’s oceans,” said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council. “And, plastics are valuable resources even after use. We look forward to doing our part and...
Adam Taylor snaps up Advertising Photographer of the Year for Leo Burnett Sydney campaign

Adam Taylor snaps up Ad...

Taylor explains: “By replacing creatures such as turtles or seals with actual people, we had a bold idea to lead with and one that effectively hit home the key campaign message that we all suffer from the harmful consequences of polluted oceans and waterways.” 28, September...
Worse than climate change? Capt. Charles Moore on his new book, Plastic Ocean

Worse than climate chan...

In 1997, Captain Charles Moore was sailing from Hawaii to California when he stumbled up on a massive segment of plastic in the Pacific Ocean. Moore writes about the discovery he says is a bigger threat than climate change in his new book, Plastic Ocean. Nov. 8, 2011 Worse than climate...
New Report on “Plastic Debris in the California Marine Ecosystem” Released

New Report on “Plastic ...

Produced in a short time frame (several months), this report is a synopsis of the current state of research and major policies affecting plastic marine debris in California and serve as an objective informational tool for policy makers looking to gain a basic understanding of the current...
SAR calls for strengthened Ship waste rules

SAR calls for strengthe...

One of the main problems with the use of port reception facilities (PRF) in Europe concerns the financial disincentives that ships face. In many cases a ship will pay directly for the amount of waste they discharge. By incorporating the cost of PRF use in the general harbour dues which...
‘I scrub plastic free’. Do you?

‘I scrub plastic free’....

Research carried out by the North Sea Foundation has indicated that plastic particles are now common in many personal hygiene products such as facial scrubs; and after every wash, these minuscule grains are ending up down the plug hole and into the wastewater system. ‘I scrub plastic...
Plastic clothes threaten marine environment

Plastic clothes threate...

Seas At Risk has been calling for international action at multiple levels in order to respond to this multi-dimensional and multi-sectoral problem and is demanding that marine litter is put on the agenda of next year’s extraordinary UN conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio + 20...
Clothing Sheds Microplastics Into Sea

Clothing Sheds Micropla...

Washing a fleece jacket may add to the fog of microscopic plastic floating in the oceans, according to a new study. Researchers report that the majority of these plastic particles probably washed off synthetic fabrics (Env. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/es201811s). Although stories of large...