The Mediterranean is turning into a dangerous plastic trap, with record levels of microplastic pollution threatening marine species and human health, a new WWF report released today released in many countries around the world.On World Ocean Day, an alarming WWF reportExit from the plastic trap: saving the Mediterranean from plastic pollution”Points to the dramatic consequences that excessive plastic use, poor waste management and mass tourism have on one of the most visited regions in the world.Gathering the latest data and scientific evidence on the use of plastics in Europe and the many ways plastics affect marine ecosystems, the report presents a comprehensive roadmap of urgent measures that institutions, businesses and citizens must take to prevent plastic waste from reaching the sea. “The effects of plastic pollution in the Mediterranean are being felt around the world and are causing serious damage to both nature and human health. If plastic pollution increases, it will jeopardize the Mediterranean’s global reputation as a top tourist destination and source of quality fishery products, undermining local communities that depend on these sectors. The problem of plastics is also a symptom of the overall decline in the health of the Mediterranean and must serve as a call to concrete actionSaid John Tanzer, WWF International’s head of marine and ocean protection programs.Plastic products today make up 95 percent of waste floating in the Mediterranean or lying on beaches. Most plastic waste in the sea comes from Turkey and Spain, followed by Italy, Egypt and France. Due to increased tourism, the amount of marine litter increases by as much as 40 percent every summer.Large plastic parts injure, suffocate, and often kill marine animals, including protected and endangered species such as sea turtles and the Mediterranean seal. But it is precisely microplastics, smaller and more insidious, that have reached record levels of concentration of 1,25 million pieces per square kilometer in the Mediterranean, almost four times more than on the “plastic island” found in the North Pacific. By entering the food chain, fragments of microplastics endanger an increasing number of animal species, as well as humans.”In Europe, we produce a huge amount of plastic waste, most of which is sent to landfills, resulting in millions of tonnes of plastic entering the Mediterranean each year. This contaminated flow, combined with the semi-enclosed Mediterranean, has led to microplastics reaching record levels of concentration, threatening marine species and human health. We cannot allow the Mediterranean to drown in plastic. We need to act urgently and within the entire supply chain to save our sea from ubiquitous plastic”, Points out Mosor Prvan, expert associate for marine protection at WWF Adria.According to the report, delays and “holes” in plastic waste management in most Mediterranean countries are among the main causes of plastic pollution. Of the 27 million tonnes of plastic waste produced each year in Europe, only one third is recycled; half of the plastic waste in Italy, France and Spain ends up in landfills. Recycled plastics currently account for only six percent of plastic demand in Europe.WWF calls on governments, companies and individuals to adopt a series of measures to reduce plastic waste pollution in urban, coastal and marine environments in the Mediterranean and globally. These include the adoption of a legally binding international agreement on the disposal of plastic waste from the sea, supported by strong national targets for achieving 100 percent recycled and renewable plastic waste by 2030, and national bans on disposable plastic items such as bags. “Plastic pollution is too big a problem to be solved by just one continent, one government or one industrial sector. Only by working together can we free our oceans, seas, rivers, cities and lives from unnecessary plastic “, Concluded Mosor Prvan.ATTACHMENT: WWF report “Exit from the plastic trap: saving the Mediterranean from plastic pollution”
Share Sharing is caring! Share Share 30 Views no discussions LifestyleLocalNews Cancer Society and Diabetes Association Offices to Re-open Next Week by: – May 28, 2020 Tweet (Dominica Cancer Society) The general public is hereby notified that the office of the Dominica Cancer Society and the Dominica Diabetes Association will re-open effective Tuesday 2nd June, 2020.Until further notice, the opening hours will be Monday – Friday from 9am to 2pmThe following measures have become necessary in an effort to ensure the safety of our staff and clientele and maintain proper hygiene at the office:One client at a time will be permitted to enter the office. We therefore encourage individuals to call in advance and make an appointment to reduce the possibility of having to wait outsideA mask must be worn in order to be allowed entry into the officeBe prepared to have your hands sanitized if you wish to enter the office.Please feel free to contact us by calling any of the following telephone numbers during normal working hours – 767 448 8801; 767 225 0874 or 767 316 7326. We can also be contacted via email at [email protected] once more encourage everyone to continue to adhere to the precautionary measures recommended by the Ministry of Health to ensure your personal safety and that of your family. Bear in mind that the absence of an active case at the Government COVID facility does not necessarily mean the absence of COVID 19 in Dominica.
On Country 103.9 WRBI and WRBIRADIO.COM, The Batesville Bulldogs defeated The East Central Trojans 31-10 to improve to 5-0 on the season. EC falls to 1-4.Other area games.Greensburg 47 South Dearborn 6Rushville 19 Connersville 0Milan 55 North Decatur 0Oldenburg Academy 19 Traders Point Christian 6Jennings County 13 Madison 9Union County 30 Hagerstown 27Saturday’s games.Lawrenceburg 54 Franklin County 27Tecumseh 35 South Decatur 21