Apr 24

Major new report says amount of plastic in oceans is set to treble in a decade.

The amount of plastic in the world’s oceans is set to treble in a decade unless action is taken to deal with the problem, according to a major new report. Experts warned that plastic is one of the biggest threats facing the world’s seas, while highlighting other keys issues including rising sea levels, warming oceans and metal and chemical pollution.The Foresight Future of the Sea Report warns against an “out of sight, out of mind” approach to the problems affecting the world’s seas, while calling for concerted action on plastics in particular.Our shocking attitude to waste goes beyond the scourge of plasticExperts write the Foresight reports to brief ministers on significant issues in the medium and long term. Despite its warnings, the report on the future of the seas highlights opportunities to cash in on the global “ocean economy” – which it says is set to double to $3 trillion (£2 trillion) by 2030.If governments could identify ways of protecting biodiversity in the seas, then it might be possible to profit from nodules of metals, it said.

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