Quick Dips
Curated topical articles on the Blue Economy

Nurdles: the worst toxic waste you’ve probably never heard of

Karen McVeigh, The Guardian Plastics & Pollution

Billions of these tiny plastic pellets are floating in the ocean, causing as much damage as oil spills, yet they are still not classified as hazardous.

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Reframing tourism to address plastic pollution

UNEP Plastics & Pollution Tourism

At the intersection of greater environmental awareness, stricter public health measures and the return of the tourism industry lies an enduring threat: plastic pollution.

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How plastic and chemical pollution contribute to the climate crisis

Clean Seas Team, Marine Conservation Society Plastics & Pollution

It's a common misconception that marine pollution and the climate crisis are completely separate issues – but they're actually fundamentally linked.

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6 reasons to blame plastic pollution for climate change

Nina Tsydenova & Pawan Patel, World Bank Blogs Plastics & Pollution

As world leaders, scientists, investors and activists gather in Glasgow for COP26, there are six facts linking the plastic lifecycle to climate change that must be taken into account.

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Nearly 29,000 Tons of COVID Plastic Now Floats in the Oceans, Study Finds

Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch Plastics & Pollution

One of the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic has been the introduction of a new type of plastic waste in the form of single-use personal protective equipment (PPE).

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Maui Launches Stainless-Steel, Zero-Waste To-Go Container Program

Tiffany Duong, EcoWatch Plastics & Pollution

HuiZero, Hawaii's first zero-waste to-go container program, has just launched at participating restaurants across the island of Maui.

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‘The cusp of a reuse revolution’: startups take the waste out of takeout

Amanda Schupak, The Guardian Plastics & Pollution

More than 70% of Americans report ordering takeout or delivery one to three times a week – resulting in hundreds of billions of single-use products.

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Plastic pollution on course to double by 2030

United Nations Plastics & Pollution

Plastic pollution in oceans and other bodies of water continues to grow sharply and could more than double by 2030, according to an assessment released on Thursday by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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US plastics to outstrip coal’s greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, study finds

Maya Yang, The Guardian Plastics & Pollution

American plastics industry, described by experts as ‘the new coal’, releasing at least 232m tons of gas annually.

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Deadly ‘ghost nets’ increase in Gulf of Carpentaria despite years of clean-ups

Donna Lu, The Guardian Plastics & Pollution

Study author calls for coordinated efforts to remove discarded fishing nets before they reach threatened marine life in gulf’s ‘high biodiversity region’

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These Maldives islanders once saw sharks as the threat. Now they fear the plastic

Graeme Green, The Guardian Plastics & Pollution Tourism

Diving with tiger sharks off Fuvahmulah brought a tourist boom that has led to a destructive tide of plastic waste. But now locals are pushing back.

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This is how oil spills damage our environment

Charlotte Edmond, World Economic Forum Plastics & Pollution

Oil can kill surface-dwelling animals and birds by poisoning or suffocation, as well as affecting buoyancy and natural waterproofing.

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Research reveals how much plastic debris is currently floating in the Mediterranean Sea

Suzanna Burgelman, Frontiers Science News Plastics & Pollution

The Mediterranean Sea is considered a hot spot for plastic pollution. This is likely due to its densely populated coastlines, fishing, shipping, tourism, and a limited outflow of surface water to the Atlantic.

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People want to do right by nature. They just need a nudge, study shows

Mongabay Plastics & Pollution Tourism

Subtle messaging and cues can encourage tourists to engage in behaviors that protect the marine ecosystem, a new study says.

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Reduce, reuse, compost: Why recycling alone won’t solve the plastic crisis

Daphna Nissenbaum, World Economic Forum Plastics & Pollution

About 8 billion tons of plastic has been produced globally since the 1950s, but only 10% has actually been recycled.

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Spain to Ban Plastic Wrap for Fruits and Veggies

Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch Plastics & Pollution

In the battle against plastic pollution, Spain has zeroed in on a new target — the plastic used to wrap fruits and vegetables in the supermarket.

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Investing in plastic waste can reap rich rewards

Taylor Clayton, Business & Industry / World Economic Forum Plastics & Pollution

Investment in infrastructure for plastic re-use, collection and recycling offers promising returns and a viable path to end plastic pollution.

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What Is the Environmental Cost of Bottled Water?

Olivia Rosane, EcoWatch Plastics & Pollution

Is it better for your health and the environment to drink water from a plastic bottle or from a tap?

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This is how New Zealand is tackling plastic pollution

Farrelly, T. et al., World Economic Forum Plastics & Pollution

After banning plastic bags last year, New Zealand now proposes to regulate single-use plastic packaging and to ban various hard-to-recycle plastics and single-use plastic items.

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We analysed data from 29,798 clean-ups around the world to uncover some of the worst litter hotspots

Roman, L. et al., The Conversation Plastics & Pollution

Coastal litter is a big environmental problem. But how does this litter differ around the world, and why? In the first global analysis of its kind, we set out to answer those questions using data collected by thousands of citizen scientists.

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