May 18, 2024
ENVIRONMENT: NLNG Shipping warns over impact of plastic pollution on oceans
ENVIRONMENT: NLNG Shipping warns over impact of plastic pollution on oceans
– By Alison Godswill

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ENVIRONMENT: NLNG Shipping warns over impact of plastic pollution on oceans

The NLNG Shipping and Marine Services Limited, NSMS, has raised alarm over the negative impact of plastics pollution on the oceans, rivers and other waterways.

In a statement obtained by The Daily, www.thedaily-ng.com, Managing Director of NSMS, Mr. Abdulkadir Ahmed, said: “The expectation is that we will engender open and frank discussion on the malaise of marine pollution, whilst building and developing a broad-based coalition necessary to address the menace going forward. Our waterways, and by extension the world oceans, are in the depths of a plastic crisis.

“Plastics and marine pollution have found their way into every marine ecosystem on the planet, impacting not only economic activities but also the health of our people and the environment. Global statistics show that annually over 8 million tons of plastic enter our oceans with over 5 trillion pieces of plastic already floating in our oceans. Scientists warn that by 2050 there will be more plastic (by weight) than fish in the sea with an ever-increasing level of micro-plastics entering the global food chain. This calls for action both at the micro and macro levels.

“It is in light of this and other environmental considerations that the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 14 (SDG 14) is focused on the need to “conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”.

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