99% of seabird species to be affected by plastic ingestion by 2050 – report — RT USA

According to Russia’s leading news agency, RT, 90% percent of all individual seabirds alive today have eaten plastic of some sort, according to a new study – an 85 percent increase since 1960 – and scientists believe 99 percent of seabird species will be impacted in the coming decades.

Source: 99% of seabird species to be affected by plastic ingestion by 2050 – report — RT USA

It seems that the problem is particularly acute in the Southern Hemishere.

As a keen swimmer in the sea, I was stunned at the rubbish floating up on the beaches in the Southern Hemishere. Particularly bad are India and Malaysia, especially after the monsoons.

It is time for national governments to intervene and stop people dumping rubbish. Innovative policies are required, like in Mumbai, where the poor are paid to recycle rubbish.

Thoughts?

Opinion – National Reform Summit: We are ‘sleepwalking into a real mess’, says former Treasury boss Martin Parkinson – Sydney Morning Herald – John Gelmini

A koala climbing up a tree. Taken on the 28th ...

A koala climbing up a tree. Taken on the 28th of July, 2004 in Cape Otway National Park, Victoria, Australia. Canon 10D, 70-200mm f/2.8L @ f/3.2 1/200s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Reliefmap of Australia

Reliefmap of Australia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I agree with Dr Alf.

Australia is a very large, resource rich, country which squanders its natural advantages of mineral wealth, land and the fact that it has a small population, by selling minerals and livestock without adding any value whatsoever. Australia probably needs some serious SWOT analysis and a new strategy.

Too many of its key industries, water rights and farms are being bought, or already have been, by the Japanese and now on a much bigger scale, the Chinese.

Unlike Dr Alf, I lived and worked in America whilst he was in Australia but I visited that country for a month in the 1990s and saw how things were for myself.

Australia is a beautiful country, which people would do well to visit but it needs to start making and selling things which people want, and not frittering away it’s inbuilt God-given advantages, by turning itself into a forward base for the Americans, who seek to “contain ” China and a source of mineral wealth and livestock for China.

John Gelmini