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Footballs used to highlight plastic waste

Photographer, Mandy Barker has combined her interest in taking pictures and football (or soccer) to highlight the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean and on the shorelines of the world.

Her latest, thought-provoking photography project was triggered in the run-up to the 2018 World Cup and uses striking images of washed-up plastic footballs to shed light on the sheer scale of plastic debris.

UK Fisheries Bill launched today

UK Secretary of State for the Environment, Michael Gove announced a Fisheries Bill in Westminster that says it will ‘ensure that negative impacts of fishing activities on the marine ecosystem are minimised.’

The announcement states that the Bill will deliver on the UK government’s commitment to sustainable fishing and marine conservation.

Bill to outlaw captivity of whales and dolphins finally passes Canadian Senate

After 3 years the Canadian Senate has finally passed a Bill to outlaw the captivity of whales, dolphins and porpoises in Canada.

Bill S-203 now needs to be passed by the House of Commons by May. If it is approved, a fine of up to $200,000 could be imposed on anyone keeping and breeding whales and dolphins in captivity.

Study reveals plastic now inside humans

The first evidence of microplastics making their way into humans has been revealed by scientists studying participants from the UK, Finland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia and Austria.

Nine different types of plastic were found in the faeces of every person who took part in the study, 20 microplastic particles in every 10 grams of stool, which suggests humans are swallowing them in food.

Plastic in the gut could suppress the immune system and aid transmission of toxins and harmful bugs or viruses, experts believe.

Shop and sell on eBay to save whales and dolphins

From 22nd until 28th of October you can support us whilst buying and selling items on eBay. WDC will be featured at checkout, giving you the chance to donate when grabbing a bargain. And, if you’re one of the millions of people who use eBay to sell your unwanted items, you can also support our work by donating a percentage of your eBay sales to WDC – a perfect reason to have that overdue wardrobe clear out.

UK Government failed to designate sufficient sites to protect smallest member of whale and dolphin family says EU Court of Justice

The European Court of Justice has today ruled that the UK Government failed to propose sufficient numbers of sites that would protect harbour porpoises in waters off the Scottish, English, Welsh and Northern Irish coastline. The European Commission now will ask the UK government what measures they will put in place to comply with the EU Habitats Directive.

Coca-Cola listed as top ocean plastic polluter in global audit report

Break Free From Plastic, a global movement campaigning against the rise in plastic pollution has released a report naming Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and Nestlé as the most frequent companies identified in 239 clean ups and brand audits spanning 42 countries and 6 continents.

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