A recent Arctic study by Dutch scientists has helped identify about 12% of waste as being connected to the fishing industry - pointing to sources which can help stop this dumping. As one scientist acknowledged, to do something about the litter - you need to know the source. A difficult problem, because half of the waste found had become unidentifiable. Marine pollution is a pressing and urgent problem, one which MARPOL constantly seeks to alleviate. Hopefully it is not too late for the Arctic and its marine life.
Each year, Brazilian beef producers incur large fines from government prosecutors (around $300 million in 2013) - for buying cattle which has been illegally raised on Amazon rainforest land. Still this continues. The president of Brazil in June this year has blocked the deregulation of part of the Amazon rainforest - but this is a small step, which needs to be followed by more positive action to protect what is a third of the world's rainforests, just under 3 million square kilometres, and one of the most beautiful lands on earth. These rainforests are also home to about half of the species of plants and wildlife on earth.
This blog was started by the Monday Group - which was set up in April 2016. Each item contains a link back to its source, where more information can be found. Comments are welcome