News Marine Litter

15.10.2018

For around two years, the authors from the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology (Fraunhofer UMSICHT) in Oberhausen, Germany, have been compiling data on the state of knowledge as regards microplastics and macroplastics...

15.10.2018

A team headed by Laurent Lebreton from the Ocean Clean-up Foundation in the Dutch town of Delft has collected new findings on the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and has now made them public. The patch is apparently much larger than had...

15.10.2018

A pilot study in five federal German states has provided extensive data on the presence of microplastic particles in inland waters. The research team headed by animal ecologist, Professor Christian Laforsch from the University of Bayreuth, concludes...

15.10.2018

With a joint project called RUSEKU, which stands for "Representative Investigation Strategies for an Integrative System Approach to Specific Emissions of Plastics into the Environment", coordinated by the Federal Institute for Materials Research and...

15.10.2018

At the end of May, the EU Commission submitted a draft for a directive on single-use (disposable) plastics. It is currently being dealt with by the EU Parliament. Trade associations from Austria and Germany have since presented their position. On the...

15.10.2018

At the end of July, the EU Commission presented a new report appraising the efforts made by the EU member states to protect the seas as part of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Their conclusion is that, although the member states had made...

15.10.2018

In Indonesia, one of the countries most responsible for the pollution of the seas, is aiming to reduce the amount of waste from plastic carrier bags to 30 percent by 2025. Muslim clerics aim to help convince people in Indonesia to dispense with...

15.10.2018

The sixth International Marine Debris Conference took place in March in San Diego. More than 700 delegates from all over the world attended the five-day event and dealt with various aspects of the subject of marine litter, which were grouped together...

15.10.2018

The "STOP project" (STOP Ocean Plastics) initiated jointly by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ is gathering speed. The first project is already at the implementation stage, namely in the town of Muncar in Java, Indonesia, which has a population of 120,000. The...

15.10.2018

In 2017, 96 percent of the German population considered plastic pollution of our seas to be a problem. It was the result of a regular survey made by the German Federal Environment Ministry and the Agency for Nature Conservation, which examines the...