1/ As #OceanCleanUp seeks to make a wave to strengthen its business model,it's important to remember that #plastic pollution is not just a waste issue,which is why a mandate was given to negotiate an agreement that covers the entire life cycle of #plastics.nature.com/articles/s4301…
2/ In one of the webinars that I visited recently to prepare for these negotiations, it was said, that there is now overwhelming evidence of health effects at every stage of #plastics lifecycle, nicely put together in the @minderoo report 👇#PlasticsTreaty
annalsofglobalhealth.org/articles/10.53… Image
3/ In addition, at every stage of its life cycle, #plastics cause #greenhouse gas emmissions, which we super-urgently need to reduce to mitigate the #climatecrisis. This study estimated that plastic caused 4.5% of global #GHG emissions. #PlasticsTreaty
4/ @Winnie_WYLau et al. CLEARLY calculated that we have to use ALL solutions known today to be able to achieve at least a 78% redution in #plastic pollution. Among these, reduction measures achieved the greatest saving in pollution (blue peels=47%).
science.org/doi/10.1126/sc… From: https://www.systemiq....
5/ But as if this was not enough: Hohn et al. estimated that even if 200 #OceanCleanUp devices were running *without downtime until 2150*, only 5% of the FLOATING #plastic could be removed, which represents the smallest share of all #plastics in the ocean.
6/ Then there is the problem of bycatch, since neuston animals tends to accumulate where #plastic accumulates because of ocean currents, not rocket science really. So, by trying to protect marine life from #plastic, we may cause more harm? #PlasticsTreaty
7/ We need standard international rules and criteria for #EnvironmentalImpactAssessments for #OceanCleanUps in the High Seas, as this is currently not regulated. Such analyses are sorely needed, especially in understudied ecosystems such as the High Seas!
8/ But what gets me most: after collection of the ocean/river #plastics, there is no solution, because this #plastic is even harder to reuse. So, it's burned or landfilled, creating GHG emmissions. So, if you continue #BusinessAsUsual production, this is waht you get.
Fin/There is no away with #plastics, so the most efficient way to tackle the issue is to produce less, i.e. via caps on the production of new plastic,which would also create a level playing field for industry.Still other solutions have a role to play, too.
Fin/Fin I only now saw this report, which would have been useful to highlight in terms of the #ClimateCrisis aspect of #plastics, so here it is now ;)

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1/n Heute möchte ich Werbung für eine neue Strategie machen die uns zielgerichtet weiterbringen könnte: kommunale Klimaentscheide unterstützt durch @germanzero! Es läuft dabei darauf hinaus,für Deine Stadt/Ort einen Bürger:innentscheid für Klimaneutralität 2030/2035 durchzuführen
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-Falls erfolgreich sammelt ihr Unterschriften für einen Bürger:innenentscheid. Am besten bei #BTW21 (hohe Beteiligung)
-Falls erfolgreich habt ihr ein VERBINDLICHES Klimagesetz (basierend auf Klimastadtplan), z.B. #Klimaneutral2030!
@Germanzero will auch nach der BTW21 ein #1o5°Gesetz zur Verabschiedung in den Bundestag einbringen.
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1/3 “[B]ecause of the immense size and depth of the ocean,” Brito-Morales explains, “warming that will already have been absorbed at the ocean surface will mix into deeper waters, meaning that marine life in the deep ocean ... cosmosmagazine.com/nature/animals…
2/3 ... will face escalating threats from ocean warming until the end of the century, no matter what we do now.”
Marine migrations and ecosystem disruption - Cosmos Magazine: cosmosmagazine.com/nature/animals…
"This suggests that while mitigation could limit climate change threats for surface biodiversity, deep-ocean biodiversity faces an unavoidable escalation in climate velocities, most prominently in the mesopelagic (200–1000 m)." (from the original study) 👇🏾
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Uff, wir sind über unseren Schatten gesprungen: auf dem Nachhauseweg haben wir mit den anderen PendlerInnen über die #Klimakrise und #NeustartKlima gesprochen. Das Format #traintalk war gar nicht schlimm, am Ende wurde sogar geklatscht 😊! Das machen wir jetzt öfter! Und Du so?!
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