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What 2020 Taught Us About Ocean Plastic Pollution

By December 28, 2020January 4th, 2021No Comments

2020 has seen numerous research contributions to the field of ocean plastic pollution. Here is a line-up of some of the most memorable studies in case you’ve missed them.

Due to the growing concern around ocean plastic pollution, a wide range of research endeavours have been initiated. Though very diverse, all of these studies are bound by a single purpose: to enhance our knowledge about ocean plastic pollution, so that solutions can be found.

Supporting this emerging field of ocean plastic pollution by curating and delivering research is a key aim of the Prevented Ocean Plastic Research Centre.

These are the studies which have made the top of our list this year!

This report reminds us of the implications if we carry on business as usual, while also putting a spotlight on the informal waste sector – the backbone of the recycling industry in developing countries.
While the focus has been on plastic, there are other less visible pollutants leaking into our oceans How can we tackle them though systemwide interventions?
Plastic regulation is needed and welcomed, but how effective have previous policies been? This inventory and analysis of all plastic-related regulation addresses this question.
Plastic regulation is needed and welcomed, but how effective have previous policies been? This inventory and analysis of all plastic-related policies helps to address this question.
Plastic regulation is needed and welcomed, but how effective have previous policies been? This inventory and analysis of all plastic-related policies helps to address this question.
Mismanaged plastic waste affects marine life and ecosystems, which is why we must focus on prevention. This study provides an unusual insight into how small aquatic creatures interact with microplastics.

The growth and diversity of studies is testimony to the importance of finding solutions to tackle ocean plastic pollution. We’re excited to see what new developments 2021 will bring to this emerging field of research!

POP wants to hear from you!

For 2021, the Prevented Ocean Plastic Research Centre has identified three focus areas: the informal waste sector, plastic carbon footprint/lifecycle analysis, and company behaviour.

If you are a business, NGO or researcher interested in collaborating on any of these topics or sharing your work with us, we’d love for you to contact us!