In the News: European Parliament adopts new rules on single–use plastics to reduce marine litter

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The European Parliament has implemented new rules on single-use plastics as part of the fight against global marine litter. The Single-Use Plastics Directive voted on by the European Parliament includes a ban on single use plastic products for which alternatives exist (such as cotton buds, straws, and plastic cutlery), an ambitious collection target for plastic bottles, Extended Producer Responsibility schemes …

PERC at the 4th session of the United Nations Environment Assembly

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PERC co-director Dr. Trisia Farrelly recently attended the 4th session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-4) in Nairobi, Kenya. Here, several resolutions were considered by member states to address the deleterious impacts of plastic pollution. The first proposition, from Norway, Japan, and Sri Lanka, sought to bolster international cooperation and coordination on marine plastic litter and microplastics. The second …

Association of Commonwealth Universities Blue Charter (Marine Plastic Pollution) fellow: Xiaoyu Lei

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PERC extends a warm welcome to Xiaoya Lei, an Association of Commonwealth Universities Blue Charter (Marine Plastic Pollution) fellow from Keele University, UK. During the fellowship, Xiaoya will be working with the PERC team to develop a Keele University website, ‘Hacking Plastic’, and an online conference which focusses on the role of the arts in plastic pollution literacy. Xiaoya will …

PERC in 2018

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2018 was a productive year for PERC, with more national and international activities and networking. In conjunction with the Sociology of Development and Change (SDC) group at Wageningen University, we ran our second nearly carbon neutral online conference Feral. Led by Dr Nick Holm, over 43 participants from 8 countries produced about 14 hours of publicly accessible video for the conference. …

Greenpeace’s take on the Christmas Coke ad

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This Christmas advocacy organisation Greenpeace have created a spoof of the traditional Coca Cola Christmas advertisement to draw attention to the vast amount of plastic in Oceans. The ad highlights the fact that Coca Cola are estimated to produce 110 billion PET plastic bottles each year, and many of these end up in landfill, on beaches, and in the ocean. …

Massey University Freshwater Ecologist Honoured

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Congratulations to Massey University’s ‘fearless’ freshwater ecologist and PERC ally Dr. Mike Joy, who was recently awarded the inaugural Critic and Conscience of Society Award. Joy was recognised for his work in raising public awareness of water quality in New Zealand, and the impact of intensive farming practise. Professor Steve Weaver, from the University of Canterbury, and a member of …

‘Marine Resource Politics, Ocean Frontiers, and Tracking the Blue Economy’

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Wednesday 11th October, 12pm SGP1.02 connecting to AT3 PERC proudly presents the seminar ‘Marine Resource Politics, Ocean Frontiers, and Tracking the Blue Economy.’ Hosted by Associate Professor Jennifer Silver, from the University of Guelph, Canada, this talk “overviews my research program and then delves further into one area of it: international oceans governance. First, I will describe my background as …