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Re: Clean Hua Hin's Beaches Movement

Post by buksida » Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:28 pm

Asian nations make plastic oceans promise
Nations responsible for much of the world's ocean plastic pollution have promised to start cleaning up their act.

At a UN oceans summit, delegates from China, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines said they would work to keep plastics out of the seas.

Some of the promises are not yet formalised and environmentalists say the measures proposed are not nearly urgent enough.

But UN officials praised the statement.

Meeting in New York, they said it was part of a clear international shift against ocean pollution.

Eric Solheim, the UN's environment director, told BBC News: "There are quite encouraging signs, with nations taking the ocean much more seriously. Of course, there is a very long way to go because the problems are huge."

'Worst' products for recycling named
Seabirds 'blighted by plastic waste'
Plastic heading for oceans quantified

It is estimated that 5-13 million tonnes of plastics flow into the world's oceans annually. Much of it is ingested by birds and fish – and fragments of plastic have even been found in organisms at the bottom of the ocean.

A recent paper said much of the marine plastic often originates far from the sea – especially in countries which have developed consumer economies faster than their ability to manage waste.

The Helmholtz Centre in Leipzig, Germany, estimated that 75% of land-borne marine pollution comes from just 10 rivers, predominantly in Asia.
Reducing the plastic loads in these rivers by 50% would reduce global plastic inputs by 37%, it said.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-40195664
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Re: Clean Hua Hin's Beaches Movement

Post by PeteC » Thu Jun 08, 2017 2:48 pm

Let's see if within the next year stores here stop loading bags with plastic cutlery, bags of condiments, drinking straws and other plastic junk most don't want or use. Much of it ends up in the sea eventually. I don't even want to mention plastic bags as I think that idea is beyond the thinking of most people here. But.....if store clerks could be trained to ASK it would be a big help and increase awareness by a huge amount :( Pete
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