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310,000 people call for microbead ban in cosmetic products on World Oceans Day

Last edited 21 June 2016 at 1:45pm
8 June, 2016

London, 8 June 2016 - A coalition of environmental groups marked World Oceans Day by presenting David Cameron with a petition signed by more than 300,000 people calling for the Prime Minister to ban the toxic microplastic particles known as microbeads.

Found in products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste, millions of the tiny plastics are flushed unwittingly into the world’s oceans every year where they ultimately end up in the marine food chain.

A report published last week found that fish can become smaller and slower due to the effects of eating microplastics.

The long list of names were presented at Number 10 by representatives of Greenpeace UK, the Environmental investigation Agency (EIA), Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

Together we have the power to protect the oceans

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The Arctic Sunrise arrives in London for World Oceans Day

In more than three decades at sea, I have had the pleasure to sail across the world’s oceans; I have had the privilege to witness ocean life in a way that few others can; I have experienced the magic and mystery of some of the planet’s biggest, smallest, most beautiful and strangest creatures. From blue whales to the tiniest seahorses and almost everything in between!

Bottom trawling - strip-mining the seas

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Wanton destruction: bycatch trawled on the Dogger Bank, North Sea, August 2004

Greenpeace calls for global marine reserves on World Oceans Day

As the kick-off to the football world cup approaches, how's this for a key pre-match statistic? Every four seconds, marine life in an area of ocean floor the size of ten football fields is wiped out by high seas bottom trawlers.

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