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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.
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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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Video Our seas. Our future
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Highlight Let's clean up Europe!
Volunteers across Europe will pick up litter on Saturday 10 May, as part of a coordinated EU Clean Up Day. The event is particularly timely, as there are growing concerns that rubbish polluting Europe's land and sea harms wildlife and may ultimately affect human health.
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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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Highlight New mobile phone app will help track marine litter
People will soon be able to report the litter they find on the beach, thanks to a new mobile phone app developed by the European Environment Agency (EEA).
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Highlight Ten things everyone should know about Europe's productive seas
A recent assessment by the European Environment Agency (EEA) showed that European seas are in a worrying state. As policy makers meet to discuss the marine environment that sustains maritime development, the EEA summarises ten important facts about the ecosystems beneath the waves.
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Infographic How to report marine litter
Steps to follow to report marine litter using the EEA's Marine Litter Watch app for smart phones
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How does it work?
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