MPs demand ‘Paris Agreement for the sea’
Posted on February 27, 2019 at 11:00 am
The UK government must develop a legally binding ‘Paris Agreement for the sea’ to protect marine life from climate change, overfishing and pollution.
The most recent report published by The Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) said the commitment would help drive global action, warning that ocean plastic pollution is set to treble in the next decade.
EAC chair said, “we have to stop treating our seas as a sewer, plastics, chemicals and sewage are choking our oceans, polluting our water and harming ocean species.
The EAC report also highlights how the long-term harm from plastic pollution remains unknown with the government’s chief scientific adviser saying that is “because we haven’t looked hard enough”. In addition, the report warns that the world is set to lose 90% of its coral reefs even under the best-case scenario with climate change posing a “triple whammy” of threats to the ocean through, warming, deoxygenating and acidification.