Photos: Spotlight on reducing plastic waste clogging oceans

Updated On Jun 08, 2017 01:39 PM IST
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In the backdrop of World Oceans Day, a number of Asian delegates at a UN ocean summit have said that they will be pushing to keep plastics out of water bodies. A recent study says that a majority of plastics originate from land based sources, impacting delicate marine ecospheres. Debris is often found ingested by birds and deep water species across oceans. (Darren Whiteside/REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 08, 2017 01:39 PM IST

In the backdrop of World Oceans Day, a number of Asian delegates at a UN ocean summit have said that they will be pushing to keep plastics out of water bodies. A recent study says that a majority of plastics originate from land based sources, impacting delicate marine ecospheres. Debris is often found ingested by birds and deep water species across oceans. (Darren Whiteside/REUTERS)

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A plastic doll in debris at a landfill in Montevideo, Uruguay. Plastic debris is a constant risk to the delicate balance of life in corals already under threat from climate change. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday, June 5, 2017, opened the first-ever UN conference on oceans with a warning that the lifeblood of the planet is ‘under threat as never before,’ with one recent study warning that discarded plastic garbage could outweigh fish by 2050 if nothing is done. (Andres Stapff/REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 08, 2017 01:39 PM IST

A plastic doll in debris at a landfill in Montevideo, Uruguay. Plastic debris is a constant risk to the delicate balance of life in corals already under threat from climate change. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday, June 5, 2017, opened the first-ever UN conference on oceans with a warning that the lifeblood of the planet is ‘under threat as never before,’ with one recent study warning that discarded plastic garbage could outweigh fish by 2050 if nothing is done. (Andres Stapff/REUTERS)

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A diver swims in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. (Brian Cassey/AP)
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A diver swims in Australia's Great Barrier Reef. (Brian Cassey/AP)

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A child swims in a polluted river with a mound of trash in the background in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. (Caren Firouz/REUTERS)
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A child swims in a polluted river with a mound of trash in the background in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. (Caren Firouz/REUTERS)

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Sewage outlet and empty plastic bottles near the public beach in Khaldeh near Beirut, Lebanon. (Mohamed Azakir/REUTERS)
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Sewage outlet and empty plastic bottles near the public beach in Khaldeh near Beirut, Lebanon. (Mohamed Azakir/REUTERS)

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A migratory bird rests amid garbage dumped along sea waters in Karachi, Pakistan. (Akhtar Soomro/REUTERS)
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A migratory bird rests amid garbage dumped along sea waters in Karachi, Pakistan. (Akhtar Soomro/REUTERS)

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Plastic and other debris washed ashore on the Indian Ocean beach in Uswetakeiyawa, Sri Lanka. (Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP)
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Plastic and other debris washed ashore on the Indian Ocean beach in Uswetakeiyawa, Sri Lanka. (Gemunu Amarasinghe/AP)

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A view of trash on East Beach at Henderson Island, in the south Pacific Ocean. Debris washed ashore on beaches is ingested by birds and animals mistaking it for food. (Jennifer Lavers/NYT)
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A view of trash on East Beach at Henderson Island, in the south Pacific Ocean. Debris washed ashore on beaches is ingested by birds and animals mistaking it for food. (Jennifer Lavers/NYT)

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Residue seen in front of an oil refinery in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Andres Stapff/REUTERS)
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Residue seen in front of an oil refinery in Montevideo, Uruguay. (Andres Stapff/REUTERS)

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