Results for Environment
Police in the Ecuadorian port city of Manta say they have seized about 200,000 shark fins destined to be illegally exported to Asia where they would fetch up to $1.5m.
At least 21 cockatoos have been discovered stuffed into 1,500 ml plastic water bottles at an Indonesian port during an anti-smuggling operation.
Based on research, including interviews with 100 foreign tours in 2010, as many as 90% of those interviewed assumed that Bali still has abundant supplies of fresh water. 50% of those interviewed expressed surprise when informed of Bali’s water crisis. 68% of those informed of the crisis, pledged to try to conserve water if asked to do so by hotels in Bali, and 36% said they would willingly pay an environmental tax levy.
Protesters clashed with police in La Pampilla, in the district of Miraflores, Lima Peru. Police equipped with helmets, riot shields and billy clubs charged into the surf to get the surfers out of the way of heavy equipment.
Last weekend, Saturday April 11th marked the finale to the biweekly Beach Clean Ups that industry from Bali has been involved in this wet season.
In the third month in early 2015, the volume of trash along the beach of Kuta – Legian – Seminyak has decreased almost significantly, thanks to the help of all involved so far.
But with the recent storms that arise particularly in the afternoon – evening, which incidentally is a sea breeze, it brings back the waste littering along the western coast of the island of Bali, especially Kuta, Legian and Seminyak.
To anticipate and take real action on the phenomenon, let us together participate in Beach Clean Up on SATURDAY MARCH 14 2015 at 7 AM.
China and Indonesia are likely the top sources of plastic reaching the oceans, accounting for more than a third of the plastic bottles, bags and other detritus washed out to sea, an international research team of environmental scientists reported Thursday.
Marine biologists and ocean activists have grown alarmed about the seaborne plastic that fouls shorelines and clogs currents from the Arctic to the South Pacific. But the actual amount and source of it hasn’t been known because consumer habits and pollution-control practices vary so widely world-wide.
In a new accounting of global garbage, researchers in the U.S. and Australia led by Jenna Jambeck, an environmental engineer at the University of Georgia, calculated the share that each of 192 countries could have contributed to plastic waste in the oceans. Their study is based on consumer data and waste-management information covering coastal populations around the world. The U.S. ranked 20th by the researchers’ estimates, deemed responsible for just under 1% of the mismanaged plastic waste.
They reported their calculations in the journal Science on Thursday and presented them at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science here.
All told, Dr. Jambeck and her colleagues calculated that people living within 50 kilometers (30 miles)of the coast in these countries generated a total of 275 million metric tons of plastic waste in 2010. A small but significant fraction of it—between 4.8 million and 12.7 million tons of discarded bottles, bags, straws, packaging and other items—ended up in the world’s oceans.
In two dozen sampling cruises since 2003, other researchers have mapped vast vortices of plastic debris floating on ocean currents and measured trillions of almost microscopic fragments of weathered plastics suspended in the water at 1,500 locations.
Unchecked, the amount of plastic waste fouling the seas may double by 2025, reaching levels “equal to 10 bags full of plastic per foot of coastline,” Dr. Jambeck said.
According to the researchers, the coastal population of China generated 8.82 million metric tons of mismanaged plastic waste in 2010, about 27.7% of the world total. Of that, between 1.32 million and 3.53 million metric tons ended up as marine debris.
China’s Ministry of Environmental Protection declined to comment. Its State Oceanic Administration didn’t respond to inquiries.
Ma Jun, an environmental activist based in Beijing, said the government has greatly expanded waste collection and treatment in cities in recent years. Big supermarkets have reduced the use of plastic bags or have begun issuing biodegradable sacks.
But the rapid expansion of cities has outpaced such efforts, Mr. Ma said. The Chinese government “had made great effort to treat household refuse, but with the rapid development of urbanization, the ability to dispose of garbage is insufficient,” said Mr. Ma of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs.
In Indonesia—the world’s fourth-most-populous nation—people living along the coast generated about 3.22 million tons of mismanaged plastic waste in 2010, about 10% of the world total. Of that, between 0.48 million and 1.29 million metric tons ended up as marine waste, the researchers estimated.
Government officials in Indonesia said they are working out the details of a 2008 law on waste management to improve conditions.
“Public awareness is getting better” when it comes to domestic waste, said Ade Palguna Ruteka, head of the environment ministry’s Bureau of Planning and International Cooperation. Regarding ocean waste, he said, “Indonesia must be concerned about it.”
“Waste management is improving” even if “a growing population has meant more waste,” said Ilham Malik, the ministry’s deputy minister for hazardous wastes.
—Kersten Zhang in Beijing and Ben Otto in Jakarta contributed to this article.
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Sharks are hauled ashore every day at a busy market on the central Indonesian island of Lombok, the hub of a booming trade that provides a livelihood for local fishermen but is increasingly alarming environmentalists.