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Ocean plastic a 'planetary crisis' – UN

Ocean plastic a 'planetary crisis' – UN

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Life in the seas risks irreparable damage from a rising tide of plastic waste, the UN oceans chief has warned.Lisa Svensson said governments, firms and individual people must act far more quickly to halt plastic pollution."This is a planetary crisis," she said. "In a few short decades since we discovered the convenience of plastics, we are ruining the ecosystem of the ocean." She was speaking to BBC News ahead of a UN environment summit in Nairobi.Delegates at the meeting want tougher action against plastic litter.Ms Svensson had just been saddened by a Kenyan turtle hospital which treats animals that have ingested waste plastic.She saw a juvenile turtle named Kai, brought in by fishermen a month ago because she was floating on the sea surface.Plastic waste was immediately suspected, becau...