Did you know that mainstream period pad brands (like Tampax, Lil-lets and Always) contain around the same amount of plastic as four carrier bags, and a tampon made by those same companies is roughly 6% of plastic (even before you consider the packaging or applicators)? Jasmine Tribe talks about plastic pollution, periods, and City to Sea’s campaign for a more environmentally friendly period.
It’s not often that a poem becomes not one but two movies, or inspired a song by Iron Maiden but Samuel Taylor Coleridge's ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ is one of those rare exceptions. It is a 7-part tale about the experiences of a sailor who has just returned from sea. It’s a tale of peril, of the supernatural, of the sea. Today let’s take a look at part 1, in which the mariner departs on his journey out to sea…
With fossil fuel emissions continuing unabated, relying purely on natural carbon sinks to temper our emissions may no longer be an option. For a number of years, researchers, policy makers, and commercial ventures have been looking to increase carbon storage options - including geoengineering of the oceans.
As human population grows, more and more demands are being placed on the coastal and ocean environment. Over half of the World’s human population currently lives at the coast, a figure that is projected to rise to 70% by 2020. Historically human use of the ocean was largely in the realm of fisheries or transport but today one can find other industries operating in the ocean such as oil and aggregate extraction as well as recreational use. In an increasingly crowded ocean and coastal environment, conflict between users becomes more common place. What is more, our understanding of how seemingly separate activities inland can have an impact on ocean and coastal environments. The traditional single-sector management approach is no longer sufficient. Today local communities, nongovernmental organizations, private industry, and all levels of government play a role in managing human use of the oceans and the coast. The need for integrated forms of management is widely recognised and can be seen in international law and agreements, such as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, and the Convention for Biological Diversity.