Environment Counts | New Marine litter data and graphics from GRID/UNEP :
A new book on Marine Litter has been published (2016) by GRID/UNEP. Available as in e-book format the report summarises the most recent data from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and presents this through outstanding set of graphics developed by GRID.
The report covers the sources of the various classes of marine litter, with particular attention to plastics, and traces the flow through industry and the waste cycle into the oceans. The evidence of the volume, flow and distribution of plastics around the Worldâ€™s oceans is presented with summary and illustrated and communicated by a strong set of infographics (for which GRID is renowned). Key sections of the report are devoted to sources of marine litter and how it finds its way in the oceans, the
ecological impacts of marine plastic debris and microplastics, marine litter plastics in the food chain and threat to human health, the flow and distribution of litter around the oceans and the final destinations of the various types of litter and their decomposition rates.
The Reference section provides and extensive list of the most recent refereed articles directly related to the subject. As this is a UNEP report, it does present some projections and policy implications, but for the most part these are clearly separated for the reader.