New research and innovation hub to tackle global plastic waste

The UK is contributing £25m and will play a leading role in designing and running the Marine Plastics Research and Innovation Framework

Plymouth Uni granted £200k for microplastics research

The project will be used to improve scientific understanding of how tiny plastic particles from tyres and fishing gear enter waterways and oceans

Theresa May announces £61.4m to tackle global plastic waste

The Prime Minister is to call on Commonwealth Heads of Government to join an alliance to fight plastic pollution

Sky to invest £25m in new ideas to reduce plastic waste

Sky Ocean Ventures will support innovators and businesses developing new products that help solve the ocean plastic crisis

India to host World Environment Day 2018

India is the global host of the World Environment Day this year. It will take place on 5th June, with ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ the theme for this year’s edition urging governments, industry, communities and individuals to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently cut the production and excessive use of single-use plastic polluting the […]

Oceans reach highest temperatures on record in 2017

  The world’s oceans rose to the highest temperatures on record in 2017. Chinese experts found the upper 2,000m of ocean water were far more warmer last year than the previous hottest year in 2015. The Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (IAP CAS) said in comparison, total electricity generation in […]

EU wants all plastic waste to be recyclable by 2030

The European Commission has launched the first ever EU-wide strategy to fight plastic waste. It aims to ensure all plastic packaging is recyclable by 2030, the use of single-use plastics is reduced and the intentional use of microplastics is restricted. Europeans generate around 25 million tonnes of plastic waste every year but less than 30% […]

Volvo Ocean Race aims to turn the tide on plastic

The Volvo Ocean Race has joined forces with UN Environment in a bid to help reduce marine waste. The ‘Turn the Tide on Plastic’ initiative draws attention to the growing menace of plastic waste in the world’s oceans. One of the 65 boats will represent UN Environment’s ‘Clean Seas’ global campaign, which calls on governments, […]

EU launches €4bn satellite scheme to monitor climate change

The European Commission has approved a €3.786 billion (£3.24bn) fund to send six satellites into space to monitor the impacts of climate change and changes to land use and oceans across the globe. Called Copernicus, the “earth observation” programme aims to help the EU monitor greenhouse gases, the atmosphere and reactive gases that influence the […]

Is the Ocean key to clean energy?

Using the world’s oceans for energy could be the start to solving many other problems. That’s the view of the US based Ocean Thermal Energy Corporation (OTEC), which has just launched a publicity campaign to highlight what can be done. The company which is headed by scientists believes the untapped potential from the world’s oceans […]