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Whale and dolphin species known to be affected has risen from 37 percent in 1997 to 81 percent, researchers at a charity said. The Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) group told how plastic affects the mammals’ ability to feed, digest, navigate, breathe, breed and migrate.
TV presenter Julia Bradbury, who is patron of the charity, said: “WDC’s study shines an important light on the scale and impact of marine litter. However, there is still a lack of understanding about the impact of our plastic waste here in the UK.”
WDC is calling on policymakers not to overlook the link between plastic pollution, which makes up to 80 percent of marine litter, and increasing carbon emissions.
The amount of plastic going into the ocean every year (up to 23 million tonnes) weighs as much as 10 times all the blue whales alive, the group said. It added: “COP26 provides an opportunity to draw on these learnings.”
The WDC’s alert comes as a free immersive experience exploring ocean pollution opens to the public at Exhibition London, Shepherd’s Bush, today.
The Blue Paradox is a two-week educational event featuring a 360-degree digital projection of the ocean depths. It examines how businesses, governments and individuals can work together to create more sustainable solutions.
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