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BlueInvest: new investor report features an ocean of investment opportunities in the sustainable blue economy

European Commission Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports Tourism

Today, the European Commission is unveiling a new investor report, on the occasion of the BlueInvest Day 2023.

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A growing plastic smog, now estimated to be over 170 trillion plastic particles afloat in the world’s oceans—Urgent solutions required

Eriksen, M. et al., PLoS One Plastics & Pollution

As global awareness, science, and policy interventions for plastic escalate, institutions around the world are seeking preventative strategies. Central to this is the need for precise global time series of plastic pollution with which we can assess whether implemented policies are effective, but at present we lack these data.

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Peak Plastics: Bending the Consumption Curve

Back to Blue, Economist Impact and The Nippon Foundation Plastics & Pollution

Peak plastics is an Economist Impact report for Back to Blue, an initiative of Economist Impact and The Nippon Foundation. This report examines the potential impact of three key policies that cover the entire lifecycle of plastic, from production to disposal. These approaches are being considered by negotiators working on a legally binding UN treaty to reduce plastic pollution.

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Plastic Waste Makers Index

Minderoo Foundation Plastics & Pollution

A compelling new report by the Minderoo Foundation has uncovered that despite rising consumer awareness, corporate attention, and regulation, an additional 6 million metric tons (MMT) of waste was generated in 2021 compared to 2019 — still almost entirely made from fossil fuel-based “virgin” feedstocks.

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Biocredits to Finance Nature and People

Anna Ducros and Paul Steele, UNDP Energy Solutions Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports Tourism

Biodiversity is degrading at alarming rates, and people living in biodiversity-rich areas often bear the heaviest costs of biodiversity loss and inequitable conservation efforts. Biodiversity credits, or ‘biocredits’, are emerging as a tradeable unit of biodiversity that can incentivise nature conservation and restoration to benefit marginalised groups living with nature.

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The Tide Turns Toward Renewable Aquaculture Gear

Meg Wilcox, Civil Eats Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution

Rather than relying solely on plastic equipment, shellfish and seaweed growers are embracing biodegradable alternatives.

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The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022: Towards Blue Transformation

FAO Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution

The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2022 presents updated and verified statistics of the sector and analyses its international policy context and selected high-impact actions undertaken to accelerate international efforts in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Breaking the Plastic Wave - Summary Report

The Pew Charitable Trusts & SYSTEMIQ Plastics & Pollution

A comprehensive assessment of pathways towards stopping ocean plastic pollution.

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Association of zoonotic protozoan parasites with microplastics in seawater and implications for human and wildlife health

Zhang, E. et al., Scientific Reports Plastics & Pollution

Plastics are widely recognized as a pervasive marine pollutant. Microplastics have been garnering increasing attention due to reports documenting their ingestion by animals, including those intended for human consumption.

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Our Ocean Is Choking on Plastic—But It’s a Problem We Can Solve

Winnie Lau, The Pew Charitable Trusts Plastics & Pollution

A new analytical tool can show the main sources of plastic pollution and help governments determine how to best reduce the amount that is reaching the ocean.

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Behavioral responses to predatory sounds predict sensitivity of cetaceans to anthropogenic noise within a soundscape of fear

Miller et al Plastics & Pollution Shipping & Ports Tourism

Why are some species more averse to anthropogenic noise disturbances than others?

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Looking back at the One Ocean Summit: What commitments for the ocean?

Ocean & Climate Platform (OCP) Fisheries & Aquaculture Plastics & Pollution

After two days of discussions and debates, some 40 Heads of State and Government responded positively to the invitation of the President of the French Republic to commit for the ocean at the One Planet Summit for the Ocean in Brest.

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As world drowns in plastic waste, U.N. to hammer out global treaty

Charles Pekow, Mongabay Plastics & Pollution

At the end of February, the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) will tackle a challenging task: the creation of a landmark treaty to control plastic pollution worldwide.

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Impacts of Plastic Pollution in the Oceans, on Marine Species, Biodiversity and Ecosystems

World Wildlife Fund Plastics & Pollution

A new report commissioned by WWF provides the most comprehensive account to date of the extent to which plastic pollution is affecting the global ocean, the impacts it’s having on marine species and ecosystems, and how these trends are likely to develop in future.

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Plastic Drawdown: A rapid assessment tool for developing national responses to plastic pollution when data availability is limited, as demonstrated in the Maldives

Royle, J. et al., Global Environmental Change Plastics & Pollution

Developing a common understanding of a jurisdiction’s plastic waste stream and the solutions available to decision-makers is vital to build consensus across stakeholders and to align on an evidence-based portfolio of priority instruments.

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Connecting the Dots: Plastic Pollution and the Planetary Emergency

Environmental Investigation Agency Plastics & Pollution

The toxic pollution resulting from rampant overproduction of virgin plastics and their lifecycles is irreversible, directly undermines our health, drives biodiversity loss, exacerbates climate change, and risks generating large-scale harmful environmental changes.

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Emergence of a neopelagic community through the establishment of coastal species on the high seas

Haram, L.E. et al., Nature Communications Plastics & Pollution

Discoveries of persistent coastal species in the open ocean shift our understanding of biogeographic barriers. Floating plastic debris from pollution now supports a novel sea surface community composed of coastal and oceanic species at sea that might portend significant ecological shifts in the marine environment.

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Growing environmental footprint of plastics driven by coal combustion

Cabernard, L. et al., Nature Sustainability Plastics & Pollution

Research on the environmental impacts from the global value chain of plastics has typically focused on the disposal phase, considered most harmful to the environment and human health. However, the production of plastics is also responsible for substantial environmental, health and socioeconomic impacts.

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Reckoning with the U.S. Role in Global Ocean Plastic Waste

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Plastics & Pollution

The United States is a major producer of plastics and in 2016, generated more plastic waste by weight and per capita than any other nation. Although the U.S. solid waste management system is advanced, it is not sufficient to deter leakage into the environment.

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Plastic waste release caused by COVID-19 and its fate in the global ocean

Peng, Y. et al., PNAS Plastics & Pollution

Plastic waste causes harm to marine life and has become a major global environmental concern. The recent COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increased demand for single-use plastic, intensifying pressure on this already out-of-control problem.

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