Since most of the carbon emission as well as over 80% of ocean pollution is land based, there are several strategies that those concerned with sustainable tourism can implement to mitigate these concerns.
The twelve Blue Community strategies were developed in collaboration with Walt Disney World utilizing approaches that not only move tourism to sustainability, but are also proven to be cost effective.
Caribbean countries signing on to fight marine pollutionLast Updated on 2015-03-01 00:30:39~http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/assets/8521099/harbour-pollution.jpg
Pollution, the likes of which is seen here at Jamaica’s Kingston Harbour, is what countries in the region are looking to effectively battle through their ratification of the LBS Protocol.
Carubbean countries signing on to fight marine pollution
AS the Caribbean grapples with the pollution of its waters, the ratification of a protocol designed to help arrest the problem appears to be gathering steam.
In the last three years alone, four countries have signed the Protocol Concerning Pollution from Land-based Sources and Activities (LBS Protocol), bringing to 10 the total number of countries to have done so — 13 years after it was adopted.
They are Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Bahamas, Guyana, USA, France, Trinidad & Tobago, Panama, Grenada, and St Lucia.
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The Importance of Sustainable Seafood Last Updated on 2015-02-24 11:22:43Food can be the primary reason people travel to certain destinations, especially for the seafood. Destinations like Louisiana, Nova Scotia, and Key West are famous for their seafood dishes, continuously drawing attention and visitors to the area. The importance of sustainable seafood can shape the success of a tourism setting by showing their dedication and environmental awareness to the cause.
Sustainable seafood in Key West, FL.
Tourist destinations serving seafood should increase their awareness on the benefits of serving sustainable seafood, with emphasis on improving their image and combating a global issue. Hotels and restaurants should follow sustainable seafood guides provided online that explain the benefits and drawbacks of choices available. Seafood Watch by the Monterey Bay Aquarium has information online and a mobile app that consumers... More »
Tackling the Plastic Trash in Our Oceans Last Updated on 2015-02-18 11:55:41Article: Experts Say World Dumps 8.8 Tons of Plastic in Oceans
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A new study has determined that about 8.8 million ton of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans, an amount much higher than estimated in the past. By 2025, the total plastic trash in the world’s oceans will reach 170 million tons if people do not reduce their waste generation and improve the collection. This estimate is based on population trends and current waste management processes.
Currently, developing Asian countries are some of the top polluters based on how they dispose of their trash. Five countries are responsible for half of the plastic waste that goes into the oceans; they are China, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka. Out of the total trash in the ocean, China contributes 2.4 million tons of plastic,... More »
Eight Million Tons of Plastic Dumped in Ocean Every YearLast Updated on 2015-02-17 18:14:47
Scientists have come up with a new way to measure ocean trash—and the numbers are even worse than thought.
In 2010, eight million tons of plastic trash ended up in the ocean from coastal countries far more than the total that has been measured floating on the surface in the ocean's "garbage patches."
That's the bad news. The even worse news is that the tonnage is on target to increase tenfold in the next decade unless the world finds a way to improve how garbage is collected and managed.
The findings are part of a groundbreaking study published Thursday in Science that for the first time quantifies how much garbage flows into the world's oceans every year.
Until now, most efforts to measure ocean debris have involved sample counts of plastic floating on the surface in large garbage patches in each of the world's oceans. A study last year, for... More »
Plastic Waste Causes Financial Damage of US$13 Billion to Marine Ecosystems Each Year as Concern Grows over MicroplasticsLast Updated on 2015-02-17 11:23:05
Nairobi, 23 June 2014 - Concern is growing over the threat that widespread plastic waste poses to marine life, with conservative estimates of the overall financial damage of plastics to marine ecosystems standing at US$13 billion each year, according to two reports released on the opening day of the first United Nations Environment Assembly. - See more at: http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=2791&ArticleID=10903#sthash.ltipBsjZ.dpuf
The eleventh edition of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Year Book looks at ten issues flagged as emerging by previous reports over the past decade, including plastic waste in the ocean. The UNEP Year Book 2014 gives an update on each issue and provides options for action. Other areas covered include the environmental impacts of excess nitrogen and marine aquaculture, air pollution's deadly toll, and the... More »
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