The alarming depth of ocean pollution

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Ninety percent of the plastics in our ocean end up at the bottom of the sea. The alarming news was announced in a recent research report from the Norwegian research organization SINTEF.

Managing ocean pollution has been one of the top priority areas for the Norwegian government in recent times. The Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg, put blue economy on the agenda when she recently launched an international high-level panel that will work towards a more sustainable ocean economy, which seems to be a major need of the hour. At the same time, marine litter is already a global problem that threatens the ocean ecosystem.

With such factors in front of us, it is indeed alarming to note that all the plastic in our oceans is ending up at the bottom of the sea, which can have long-term negative consequences for the environment. It makes it all the more important at such times for countries like Norway and India to work together towards a cleaner environment. India has recently begun its development of a more sustainable, blue economy, and will work on this together with Norway. With Norway’s long experience as a leading maritime nation, and India’s potential in the maritime sector, a new collaboration on the shipping industry has come to light to strengthen the maritime cooperation between the two countries.

Let’s hope that these initiatives will bring us one step closer to combat the problem of ocean pollution.

Read more about the report’s findings at Gemini Research News.