“Marine plastic litter can already be controlled through the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); the London Convention; the MARPOL Convention; the Basel Convention; Customary Law, and many other regional agreements.
Article 194 of UNCLOS, for instance, requires states to ‘prevent, reduce and control pollution of the marine environment from any source.
Measures shall include, inter alia, those designed to minimize to the fullest possible extent… the release of toxic, harmful or noxious substances, especially those which are persistent, from land-based sources… [and] shall include those necessary to protect and preserve rare or fragile ecosystems as well as the habitat of depleted, threatened or endangered species and other forms of marine life.'”

If only the legal profession was as persistent.


Storm goes up to Six

“Climate scientists meeting at a conference in the New Zealand city of Wellington have floated the idea of creating a category six to reflect the increasing severity of tropical cyclones in the wake of warming sea temperatures and climate change.”

Unfortunately the floating idea was quickly inundated by a small, localised whirlpool of category zero point one.

Slow Seas-on

“After more than five years of negotiations, UN members are poised to agree to draw up a new rulebook by 2020, which could establish conservation areas, catch quotas and scientific monitoring.”

After five years…poised to agree to draw up in three years, something that could…?

Like Apple, the UN insists that this slowdown feature is not an example of planned obfuscation, and instead is designed to protect bureaucracy and prolong the life of committees. (


Cooking the Chinooks

“The fish farm’s owner, Cooke Aquaculture, said on Wednesday that several thousand Atlantic salmon may have ended up in the [Pacific] waters around the San Juan Islands after part of a net suffered a ‘structural failure’ [and] blamed Saturday’s incident on ‘exceptionally high tides and currents coinciding with this week’s solar eclipse’.”

Tides and eclipses are notoriously difficult to predict.


Making Waves

“A 290 metre ship pulled into Ketchikan [an Alaskan port] with [a dead humpback] whale attached to a submerge part of the bow designed to avoid wave-making.”

The cruise operator announced that having brought the whale to the doc’s it would not be seeking costs for the illegal boarding.


Love Litter

“A spokesman for [SEPA] said: ‘Our officers are comfortable that there is no environmental risk to the River Cree as a result of the bottles being released and, following inquiries, understand almost all of the bottles were contained and removed from the river fairly quickly by local residents.’ …
‘It was never my intent to harm the environment. It was more accident, naivety as well as stupidity in the execution. … It was just my intention to send a wee love bottle with a message to someone I had not yet met.'”

100s litres fuel, 2000 bottles, 1 4G-enabled motorhome, 50 dates – priceless.