New Indian waste project launched

The United Nations is supporting a project aiming to chart the impact of plastic waste in the Indian Ocean, underscoring the risk of dramatic upheavals in marine ecosystems even in one of the world’s least-known and least-visited environments.

An estimated 5 trillion pieces of plastic currently float in the world’s oceans, up from none in 1950, posing a question about their potential impact on a food supply chain.

The supply chain stretches from plankton,which have been filmed eating plastic pellets up through shellfish, salmon, tuna and eventually humans, not to mention whales.

With these troubling facts in mind, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is supporting the efforts of the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research, which is plying the waves of the southern Indian Ocean with robotic sensors, looking for plastic waste.