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Filming for LMV’s documentary on the effects of plastics on the marine environment and human health begins in March with the LMV team flying to the USA. As well as numerous interviews (e.g.: Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer, Professor Frederick vom Saal, Captain Charles Moore), the team will be attending the 5th International Marine Debris Conference in Honolulu, hosted by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the USA’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The conference aims to establish the Honolulu Commitment, an agreement on how to tackle the problems of human waste in the world’s oceans. While in the Pacific, the crew will also document that state of Hawaii’s beaches (and the scale of plastic pollution found on them) as well as the effects of the Great Pacific Garbage Dump on the islands’ wildlife (see here and below for camera footage of a very sad phenomenon affecting local bird populations by Chris Jordan).
www.guardian.co.uk 22nd August 2010
A three-year investigation by the United Nations Environment Programme has cleared Royal Dutch Shell from a large part of the widespread oil pollution in the Nigerian Delta. The investigation, which cost $10million and consisted of a 100 person team headed by Mike Cowing, stated that only 10% of the pollution in the region has been caused by Shell’s equipment and negligence. The remaining 90% has been attributed to the actions of local groups involved in illegal ‘bunkering’ operations that taps oil from the pipe-lines. Around 300 spills are known to have occurred in the last half century causing an estimated 9million barrels of oil to spill into the local environment. This is almost double the 5milion barrels that leaked into the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig this summer. The results of the study, which was paid for by Shell and commissioned by the Nigerian government, have angered family members of the 9 Ogoniland chiefs who were hung by the Nigerian government in 1995 for peacefully protesting against Shell’s pollution. Conservationists have also denounced the findings claiming the study was influenced by its sponsors. The Niger Delta currently has 606 oil fields that account for 8.2% of crude oil imported into the USA.