With the ebb and flow of the tides, thousands of miles of coastline around the UK testify to the devastation that plastic pollution is having on the marine environment. The oceans are at their choking point, for every mile of beach surveyed there are 159 plastic bottles found washed up.
When I first heard this statistic I couldn’t believe it. But the evidence is all around us - from tiny microbeads in our toothpaste to images of seabirds with stomachs full of plastic. Plastic pollution is out of control.
Edinburgh, 11 November: New research commissioned by Greenpeace UK shows the vast majority of people in Scotland are concerned about ocean plastic pollution, and more than two thirds support the introduction of a bottle deposit return system.
A poll by Survation shows that 90 per cent of people surveyed in Scotland have some concern about the amount of plastic litter in the ocean, compared to 77 per cent who have some concern about plastic litter in their neighbourhood. An overwhelming 93 per cent have some concern about the effect of plastic pollution on marine wildlife and birds.
The International Whaling Commission meeting 2016 has just
come to a close. Delegates from 64 countries spent a week discussing and
debating whales, in Potoroz, Slovenia.
Greenpeace’s international team was there, and here’s a quick roundup of what
big just happened for the tiny vaquita porpoise at the International Whaling
Commission (IWC) meeting. The diminutive porpoise was the subject of a
resolution, passed by all the countries present, urging concerted international
cooperation to save the species from extinction.
Bad news from the 2016 International Whaling
Commission meeting – as the first significant vote was another disappointment for
whales and supporters of conservation. Despite getting a majority of votes in favour,
the proposal to create a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary did not pass, because it
was short of the three-quarters majority needed.
Killing whales for food has been happening for millennia.
But it was commercial whaling – turning whales into barrels of oil for profit –
that led to the wholesale destruction of most of the world’s populations of big