Marine litter: how to monitor, reduce and prevent ocean debris. Focus on plastics and microplastics.
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De Taxis Du Poët, François
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We live in the age of plastics. They are ubiquitous in our daily life and in many industrial applications. They play a major role in our economy. Their production continuously increases. However, plastics are not well managed and found their way to the oceans, leading to far-reaching environmental, health, social and economic impacts. Hence the challenge is to maintain the economic and societal benefits brought by plastics but avoiding that they end up in the environment. Although there are knowledge gaps, the key elements are clear: 80% of marine litter is plastics. 94% is on the sea floor, only 1% is floating. Half of the marine litter are single use plastics. Marine plastic litter is found in high concentration on beaches, two orders of magnitude higher than anywhere else. The key points of intervention are beaches, wastewater treatment plants, and rivers. Floating plastics might therefore be less important than it can appear in the media. Many efforts are being implemented at all.....
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.1
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CitationDe Taxis Du Poët, F. (2018) Marine litter: How to monitor, reduce and prevent ocean debris. Focus on plastics and microplastics. Amsterdam, Netherlands, Vrie Universiteit, 52pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-871