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Progress and challenges in marine plastics pollution

Lavers, JL ORCID: 0000-0001-7596-6588 and Bond, AL 2020 , 'Progress and challenges in marine plastics pollution', in A Better World , Human Development Forum, United Kingdom, pp. 64-67.

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Abstract

Pollution of aquatic and terrestrial environments withplastic debris is rapidly becoming one of the mosturgent, and widespread, environmental threats,acting as a lightning rod for community engagementand advocacy. Despite growing awareness of this issue,governments and industry continue to invest in plasticsmanufacturing, through increased production and financialsubsidies, which contributes to this increasing problem.However, demand for many of these products stems fromindividual reliance on single-use items, relentless marketing,plastic packaging that is practically unavoidable, anda lack of understanding of appropriate waste management.Clearly, sustainable development will not be achievedwithout industry transformation, but addressing the needsand behaviours of individuals is also a key factor.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Lavers, JL and Bond, AL
Keywords: marine debris, plastic pollution, remote islands, waste management, citizen science
Publisher: Human Development Forum
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