Michael Gove has called for a third of the oceans to be protected, creating a ‘buffer’ against climate change, plastic pollution and over-fishing.
The residents of Kiribati are clinging on to hope that they can adapt. But with rising sea levels consuming their land, fresh water and farms, what can iKiribati do to protect their Pacific island nation?
Although the plastics are ‘biodegradable’ they still take a number of months or years to break down, meaning they are still susceptible to being eaten by wildlife, Sky News reports.
Beach cleans are coming. It takes just one afternoon to stop rubbish from entering our waterways and is a great way to educate younger family members about conservation. Running from 14th – 17th September 2018, you can get involved. Find out more from the Marine Conservation Society below:
Global hunger is worsening, with 1 in 9 people undernourished. The number of people suffering from hunger has increased over the past three years following a period of decline.
A recent study found that 72% of UK tap water contains plastic. Orb Media conducted the survey which looked at the number of micro-plastic fragments found in tap water around the world. The US had the highest level of contamination at 94%, with UK, Germany and France at the lowest of 72%. The news increases pressure on scientists to understand the implications of plastic.
A Suffolk man has dedicated his time and energy to clearing cigarette butts. Cited by Surfers Against Sewage as one of the biggest polluters, butts are an often-forgotten waste product. Jason Alexander is on a mission to tackle the problem, showing that one person really can make a difference.
Climate change isn’t the only consequence of carbon pollution from fossil fuels. If driving global temperature rise wasn’t enough, increased carbon in our atmosphere is also behind the rapid acidification of our world’s oceans.