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Video The waste dump of our planet - a look at Marine Litter
What we throw into the trash bin might end up into the sea.Our understanding is growing on this global issue, which has impacts on marine wildlife but also human health and the economy. Watch this video to find out more.
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Located in Environmental topics Marine LitterWatch Let's get started
Article European citizens to help tackle marine litter
Litter, plastics in particular, is accumulating in our seas and coasts mainly due to current unsustainable consumption and production patterns, poor waste management and the lack of public awareness. Marine litter is an increasing threat to the marine environment, to human health and our well-being. It has cross border impacts on wildlife and habitats. Without tackling marine litter, Europe cannot have healthy seas.
Located in Environmental topics Marine LitterWatch At a glance
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Located in Environmental topics Marine LitterWatch Let's get started
Article Litter in our seas
Around 70 % of our planet is covered by oceans and marine litter can be found almost everywhere. Marine litter, plastics in particular, pose a threat not only to the health of our seas and coasts, but also to our economy and our communities. Most marine litter is generated by land-based activities. How can we stop the flow of litter into our seas? The best place to start tackling this global marine problem is on land.
Located in Signals — well-being and the environment Signals 2014 Close up
Image Marine litter on a beach
Marine litter on a beach.
Located in Environmental topics Coasts and seas Marine LitterWatch
File Marine litter
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Article Marine LitterWatch in a nutshell
Litter, plastics in particular, is accumulating in our seas and coasts. Information and data on marine litter is essential for tackling it. The European Environment Agency has developed Marine LitterWatch to strengthen Europe’s knowledge base and thus provide support to European policy making.
Located in Environmental topics Marine LitterWatch At a glance
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Infographic What are the sources and impacts of marine litter?
Increasing amounts of litter are ending up in the world’s oceans and harming the health of ecosystems, killing animals and putting human health at risk. The solution lies in waste prevention and better waste management on land.
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