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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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Re: Clean Hua Hin's Beaches Movement

Post by buksida » Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:24 am

Time to ditch plastic excuses and save the seas
For years now it has been a habit of mine to pocket a few used (but clean) plastic bags before heading to the supermarket.

I remember at first I would often get a funny look as I handed one of these to the person at the register. They couldn't fathom why I was handing them a bag (surely it should be other way round?) before it dawned on them I wanted to save plastic -- and maybe the world.

"Fighting global warming, eh?" they would remark. "That's nice."

I would mumble something in agreement before telling them my real goal was not to create more garbage.

These episodes tell me that most people are aware of, or at least have heard about, global warming. They know it is not a good thing. However, I wonder if they realise the role they play in it, or understand how plastic bags contribute to the heating-up of the planet.

At least I hope they know they have contributed to the rising mountains of waste.

Waste is a problem of global scale. In every country, waste management is a constant challenge. Only a few countries are able to claim success in this area.

Countries use various strategies to tackle the problem. A handful respond aggressively as the situation becomes critical, either by imposing levies on plastic bags or even by banning them outright. Some take the more amenable route of recycling, reusing, and recovering waste.

Thailand is one of a large number of countries that talk the talk but never walk the walk.

Unfortunately, you cannot simply wish the problem to go away. The longer you ignore it, the more critical it becomes.

We all know that garbage is accumulating at a concerning rate in our seas. Plastic bags are a major cause, inflicting suffering and death among marine life that mistakes the bags for food.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opin ... e-the-seas
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Re: Clean Hua Hin's Beaches Movement

Post by oakdale160 » Sat Sep 23, 2017 10:17 am

Talk the talk but dont walk the walk-- That could be the national motto of Thailand.

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