(Created on 23/01/2016)











  • Video captures moment plastic enters food chain - 11 March 2017
    "A scientist has filmed the moment plastic microfibre is ingested by plankton, illustrating how the material is affecting life beneath the waves...
    An estimated 150 million tonnes of plastic "disappears" from the world's waste stream each year...
    The United Nations has estimated that there are 46,000 pieces of waste plastic per square mile of sea."




  • Birds' stomachs too full of plastic to eat (June 25, 2018) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "A BBC team has filmed disturbing footage of the devastating impact plastic pollution is having on seabirds."

    Try the same news story at these easier levels: Plastic Pollution - Level 4  or  Plastic Pollution - Level 5
    Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
    crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)






  • Diver swims through 'horrifying plastic cloud' - 7 March 2018
    "The Indonesian island of Bali is popular with tourists and known for its beautiful beaches.
    British diver Rich Horner lives on a nearby island, and filmed himself swimming through rubbish in the sea."



  • Plastic pollution reaching record levels in once pristine Arctic - 8 February 2018
    "Plastic waste is increasing in the supposedly pristine wilderness of the Arctic.
    Scientists say almost everywhere they have looked in the Arctic Ocean, they’ve found plastic pollution.
    In the northern fjords of Norway, one man is on a mission to pick up as much plastic as he can."



  • Oceans Could Hold More Plastic Than Fish by 2050 - VIDEO - 7 March 2016
    "A new report warns there could be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. There is something we can do to help prevent this from happening."

  • Catalyst ABC TV - Plastic Oceans
    "Oceans are silently choking on our plastic waste. Plastic and synthetic materials are the most common types of debris in our oceans and are having horrific impacts on marine wildlife and systems. As an island continent "girt by sea" marine debris is of particular importance for Australia. Creatures get entangled in plastics and drown and ingested concentrated toxins from plastics pose a threat to the health of the food chain. Plastics also transport and introduce species into new environments. Anja Taylor catches up with the CSIRO research team spearheading the Marine Debris Survey, a world first study of the plastics around our coastline."