Clean-up volunteers tackle largely plastic pollution on Melbourne’s beaches- AustraliaPosted on October 8, 2014 by DrRossH in Environmental Plastic Suppliers
Ignorance has just become much harder, for citizens, industry and policymakers alike: CSIRO has released the damning results of a three-year study of marine debris around Australia’s coastline and seas. Three-quarters of all the refuse is plastic, and almost all of that comes in small pieces. In Australian waters, it found up to 40,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometre.
The report states that “plastic production rates are intensifying” and “the volume of refuse humans release into marine systems is growing at an exponential rate”. Dr Denise Hardesty, the study’s lead author, says plastic has devastating effects on wildlife. She estimates that in the past few years, between 5000 and 15,000 turtles have been ensnared in abandoned fishing nets in the Gulf of Carpentaria alone.
Nearly half of all seabirds have plastic in their guts; by mid-century it will be 95 per cent.
Thanks to the Age news paper for writing this article and making this problem known more mainstream.