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Latin America wakes up to the problem of plastic straws

Straws seem harmless: slim, measuring no more than 20 centimeters, they adorn cocktails, juices and soft drinks. But they are also among the top ten plastic items littering…

The Minamata Convention on Mercury celebrates its first anniversary

One year ago, on 16 August 2017, the Minamata Convention on Mercury – a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases…

UN information sharing platform speeded response to worst oil spill in Northwest Pacific

Incheon, Republic of Korea, August 2018 – The world’s biggest oil spill at sea in decades, early this year off the coast of China, was met with a speedy response thanks to…

Northwest Pacific countries review progress in monitoring marine and coastal pollution

Vladivostok, Russian Federation, August 2018 – Four Northwest Pacific countries met in Vladivostok, Russia, at a United Nations expert consultation to review progress in…

FlipFlopi launches first ever prototype of marine-litter boat

Lamu, Kenya 15 September 2018 – Amid the rising momentum to beat plastic pollution globally, Kenya will today see the launch of the world’s first 100% recycled marine…

Cloud computing to speed up stocktaking of Northwest Pacific blue carbon sinks

Cloud computing technology can speed up the assessment of Northwest Pacific seagrass beds which nurture biodiversity, purify seawater and mitigate climate change but are…

Sweden and UN Environment announce $6 million project to beat plastic pollution in Southeast Asia

Bangkok, 10 September 2018 –Sweden, UN Environment and the Coordinating Body on the Seas of East Asia (COBSEA) today announced efforts to combat marine litter and plastic…

Revolutionary ocean cleanup by Champion of the Earth Boyan Slat kicks off

Champions of the Earth laureate Boyan Slat and his Ocean Cleanup team launched their revolutionary marine litter cleanup system today. Research shows that a scaled-up fleet…

Toxic algal bloom continues to suffocate Florida’s Gulf Coast

Florida in the United States of America recently declared a state of emergency as a red tide of toxic algae bloomed along its western coastline killing marine animals,…

Flamboyant Flipflopi dhow seeks sea change in how we view plastic

Ben Morison’s epiphany came early one morning as he set out for a swim on Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast. The Kenyan tour operator counted 13 pieces of plastic, including…