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Progress and challenges in marine plastics pollution


Lavers, JL and Bond, AL, Progress and challenges in marine plastics pollution, A Better World, Human Development Forum, L Trowbridge (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 64-67. ISBN 9781916032507 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

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Pollution of aquatic and terrestrial environments with plastic debris is rapidly becoming one of the most urgent, and widespread, environmental threats, acting as a lightning rod for community engagement and advocacy. Despite growing awareness of this issue, governments and industry continue to invest in plastics manufacturing, through increased production and financial subsidies, which contributes to this increasing problem. However, demand for many of these products stems from individual reliance on single-use items, relentless marketing, plastic packaging that is practically unavoidable, and a lack of understanding of appropriate waste management. Clearly, sustainable development will not be achieved without industry transformation, but addressing the needs and behaviours of individuals is also a key factor.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:marine debris, plastic pollution, remote islands, waste management, citizen science
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable commercial services and tourism
Objective Field:Management of solid waste from commercial services and tourism
UTAS Author:Lavers, JL (Dr Jennifer Lavers)
ID Code:139251
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2020-06-03
Last Modified:2021-03-10

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