In 2017, BBC series ‘BLUE PLANET II’ addressed an uncomfortable truth: Every year, 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans - and it’s our fault. Plastic pollution has since become big news. But what can be done to tackle one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time?
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Tony Wu / A tangle of fishing nets, lines, hooks and other garbage found floating in the Indian Ocean. There was a small community of fish associated with this trash, but also fish that had been entangled and k...
David Fleetham / Plastic waste discarded at sea washed up by trade winds onto Molokai Island, Hawaii. July.
Angelo Gandolfi / Ray (Raja sp.) fish catch and plastic water bottles on a small fishing boat, Mediterranean sea. 'By 2050 there could be more plastic in the ocean than there is fish' Ellen McArthur Foundation
Roland Seitre / Waste in sea at Porto Moniz, Portugal, May 2013.
Seth Patterson / A compilation of items found washed up along a half mile stretch of the high tide line of South Padre Island, Texas. October 2016. Some of the plastic bottles and bags of signs of nip marks from hun...
Sue Daly / Plastic bag floating in the sea, resembling a jellyfish swimming Dangerous to sea turtles
Franco Banfi / Sperm Whale(Physeter macrocephalus) playing with plastic bag, Vulnerable (IUCN), Pico Island, Azores, Portugal, Atlantic Ocean
Juergen Freund / Outrigger boats catch Yellowfin tuna fishing with hook and line. Catching a Yellowfin tuna, these fishermen fish near a fish attracting device (FAD) or rumpon, attached to a raft or rakit some 100 km...
Jordi Chias / Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) trapped in a drifting abandoned net, Mediterranean Sea. (Winner of the One Earth Award, WPY Competition 2010 )
Jordi Chias / Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) trapped in an abandoned drifting net, Balearic Channel, Mediterranean sea.
Michael Pitts / Hawaiian monk seal caught in fishing tackle off Kure Atoll, Pacific Ocean. The seal was subsequently freed and released by the photographer.
Espen Bergersen / Arctic fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) dead after it was caught in abandoned fishing net. to Risoya, Troms, Norway, June.