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Bardem wants more action on plastic pollution

Bardem wants more action on plastic pollution

Entertainment
Actor Javier Bardem has told Sky News in an exclusive interview that more companies should follow its Ocean Rescue campaign to try to cut plastic pollution in the sea. The Spanish star, best known for his roles in the Bond movie Skyfall and No Country For Old Men, was speaking from Port de Blanes in the north of Spain where he had been out with early morning fishermen who had started sorting the plastic collected in their nets for recycling."I was there for an hour and we took out so much plastic, only in one hour," he said."It was outstanding to see how much dirt you can find here with a net." Image: Javier Bardem joined a Spanish fishing boat to see the scale of pollution He added: "We are creating a whole chaos in t...
Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

Science Says: Amount of straws, plastic pollution is huge

Technology
Cities and nations are looking at banning plastic straws and stirrers in hopes of addressing the world's plastic pollution problem. The problem is so large, though, that scientists say that's not nearly enough. Australian scientists Denise Hardesty and Chris Wilcox estimate, using trash collected on U.S. coastlines during cleanups over five years, that there are nearly 7.5 million plastic straws lying around America's shorelines. They figure that means 437 million to 8.3 billion plastic straws are on the entire world's coastlines. But that huge number suddenly seems small when you look at all the plastic trash bobbing around oceans. University of Georgia environmental engineering professor Jenna Jambeck calculates that nearly 9 million tons (8 million metric tons) end up in the world's oc...
Plastic bag litter falls in UK seas

Plastic bag litter falls in UK seas

Science
A study of litter in UK seas shows the number of plastic bags has fallen, amid a rise in other types of plastic rubbish. The authors say this could be due to several things - the introduction of charges for plastic bags across Europe, manufacturing changes and shifts in ocean dynamics.The research found a rise in the proportion of fishing debris.Some of the plastic debris is likely to be coming from outside the UK.The reduced proportion of plastic bags in marine litter was found from 2010 onwards. There was a drop of around 30% from the pre-2010 period compared with afterwards.If charging is a potential contributor, the downward trend could suggest that policies can affect the amount and distribution of certain marine litter items on short timescales. But in their scientific paper, the res...
Plastic patch in Pacific Ocean growing rapidly, study shows

Plastic patch in Pacific Ocean growing rapidly, study shows

Science
A collection of plastic afloat in the Pacific Ocean is growing rapidly, according to a new scientific estimate.Predictions suggest a build-up of about 80,000 tonnes of plastic in the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" between California and Hawaii.This figure is up to sixteen times higher than previously reported, say international researchers.One trawl in the centre of the patch had the highest concentration of plastic ever recorded."Plastic concentration is increasing - I think the situation is getting worse," said Laurent Lebreton of The Ocean Cleanup Foundation in Delft, Netherlands, which led the study. "This really highlights the urgency to take action in stopping the in-flow of plastic into the ocean and also taking measures to clean up the existing mess."Waste accumulates in five ocean ...
Ocean plastic could treble in decade

Ocean plastic could treble in decade

Science
The amount of plastic in the ocean is set to treble in a decade unless litter is curbed, a major report has warned.Plastics is just one issue facing the world's seas, along with rising sea levels, warming oceans, and pollution, it says.But the Foresight Future of the Sea Report for the UK government said there are also opportunities to cash in on the "ocean economy".They say this is predicted to double to $ 3 trillion (£2 trillion) by 2030.The report says much more knowledge is needed about the ocean. The authors say the world needs a Mission to "Planet Ocean" to mirror the excitement of voyaging to the moon and Mars.The Foresight reports are written by experts to brief ministers on medium and long-term issues of significance. This one has been signed off by ministers from four different d