Bali has declared a plastic rubbish emergency
The island of Bali has declared a 3.6-mile stretch of beach on the island's Western coast an emergency zone after authorities realised that the volume of plastic being washed up was endangering the tourist trade. Workers sent in to Jimbaran, Kuta and Seminyak beaches were carting off up to 100 tons of junk each day at the peak of the cleanup, AFP news agency reported.
An estimated eight million metric tons of plastic were released into the world's oceans in 2010, according to a University of Georgia study. Indonesia accounted for up to 1.29 million tons, or more than 10% of the total, making it he second biggest maritime plastic polluter in the world after China. More at The Telegraph.