- Big data, big impact?
- Feeding the 9 billion
- Countryside in Crisis?
- The Energy Water Food Stress Nexus
- Unsustainable Fishing
- Keeping pace with a digital revolution
- Global health in the 21st Century
- Adapting to an urban future
- Educating for tomorrow
- Digital technology in Africa
- Persistent poverty in Britain
- Can the UK ever be sustainable?
- Plastic pollution in the oceans
- Natural disasters: how to improve?
- Not In My Back Yard
- Digital Divide in the UK?
- Importing goods, exporting drought?
- Britain’s ageing population
- Engineering our climate
- The future shape of Capitalism
- Migration: skills and the job market
- Razing the Rainforest
- London under water
- Concreting the countryside
- Future of low carbon energy
- Africa in the 21st Century
neonicotinoid, skills, disease, Poverty in Britain, Alan Turing, natural resources, Germany, Global Medic Force, Trade, South East England, Architecture for Humanity, Oxfam, Denmark, Nicholas Negroponte, Innovation, Industrial Revolution, finance, HIV, dr marie charles, UK
Plastic pollution in the oceans
Our throw away society is polluting large areas of the world's oceans with plastics, threatening marine life and food chains. How did it get there? What are the practical solutions? Is it time to re-evaluate waste as a resource?
DAVID DE ROTHSCHILD Founder of Adventure Ecology and Plastiki Expedition
DR SIMON BOXHALL Oceanographer, National Oceanography Centre, Southampton
PETER DAVIS Director General, British Plastic Federation
DAVID SHUKMAN BBC Science and Environment Correspondent
- 60 SECONDS
- Source: The Economist
- 20th July 2013
The malign effect of floating plastic debris on seabirds, turtles and other sea creatures is well known. But, as Dr Mincer and Dr Amaral-Zettler have discovered, plastic debris also provides a new habitat for organisms small enough to take advantage of it.
- Source: The Guardian
- 18th July 2013
Rangers and scientists gather to explore ways of curbing threats that led to soaring number of strandings in recent years.
- Source: BBC News
- 29th January 2013
Last summer, when filming for a series to be broadcast next year, a team from the BBC's Natural History Unit saw first-hand how discarded plastic can end up thousands of miles away from where people live when they visited French Frigate Shoals, an island north west of Hawaii.
- Source: BBC News
- 2nd May 2012
The quantity of small plastic fragments floating in the north-east Pacific Ocean has increased a hundred fold over the past 40 years.
- Source: Reuters
- 2nd June 2011
The Republic of Congo has banned the production, import, sale and use of plastic bags in a move to fight environmental pollution in the Central African nation, government spokesman Bienvenu Okiemy said on Thursday.