Friday, 11 April 2008

Britain's Dirty Beaches - The throwaway culture

The quality of the bathing water at our seaside resorts has been getting better every year. But, our beaches just keep getting dirtier.
While just two coastal bathing areas out of a total of 567 in the UK failed to meet the EU's recent water quality standard, the figures for beaches makes grim reading.
Plastic litter on the UK's beaches is up by a staggering 126% since 1994, according to the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Beachwatch 2007 survey report published today.
Conservationists blame the increase on the massive rise in plastic production and the general 'throwaway nature of modern society'. They warn that as well as putting off tourists, the litter is also a threat to wildlife.

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