Pollution solution? Protein eats plastic

Mae Love
April 17, 2018

"Although the improvement is modest, this unanticipated discovery suggests there is room to further improve these enzymes, moving us closer to a recycling solution for the ever-growing mountain of discarded plastics".

British Prime Minister Theresa May Sunday announced that Sri Lanka along with New Zealand, and Ghana has joined the Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance to join forces in the fight against plastic pollution.

Speaking before a meeting of the Commonwealth heads of government in London, the prime minister said: "This week we will look closely at how we can tackle the many threats to the health of the world's oceans, including the scourge of marine plastic pollution".

Each of the countries will be asked to pledge action on plastic waste, from banning microbeads to committing to cutting down on single-use plastic bags.

The remaining £16.4 million ($23.5 million) will be devoted to improving waste management at a national and a city level to stop plastics entering the water, WWF-UK said.

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The PM announced the fund ahead of a call for the 52 Commonwealth leaders to sign up to a strategy to help developing nations improve their waste management.

Researchers from Britain's University of Portsmouth and the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory made the discovery while examining the structure of a natural enzyme thought to have evolved in a waste recycling centre in Japan. She said: 'It is vital that we tackle this issue. It will also put £20 million to prevent plastic and other environmental pollution from manufacturing in developing countries.

Poor waste management is the single leading cause of plastics in the ocean, and improving waste infrastructure in developing countries will be a major focus of the CCOA, according to Downing Street.

The Commonwealth Clean Oceans Alliance will work in partnership with businesses and NGOs, including the World Economic Forum, Sky, Fauna and Flora International, the Coca-Cola Company and WWF to share expertise and experience and push for global change. The pledge came in response to an unprecedented public outcry over the issue following the broadcast of the BBC's Blue Planet II documentary, which exposed the devastating impact plastic waste is having on ocean wildlife, and high-profile campaigns such as Sky's Ocean Rescue initiative.

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