National Geographic and Sky team up to rid oceans of plastic

Theresa May announced the fund ahead of the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London next week. She is due to call on all of the 52 leaders present to sign up to the Commonwealth Clea

So far four Commonwealth countries, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Vanuatu and Ghana, have joined the United Kingdom in the alliance.

"We are joining forces with our Commonwealth partners, bringing together global expertise to stop plastics waste from entering oceans - and by matching pound-for-pound the United Kingdom public's passionate response to the issue, we can make our shared ambition for clean oceans a reality". It will also put £20 million to prevent plastic and other environmental pollution from manufacturing in developing countries.

The nature-based network will bring together its global network of scientists and academics to support the fund's vision and provide targeted funding to improve recycling and waste management so the volume of plastic pollution in the oceans can be measurably reduced.

The Government pledged to match public donations to tackle plastic waste through the UK Aid Match up to a total of £5m.

"As one of the most significant environmental challenges facing the world today, it is vital we tackle this issue so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we now find it".

Some £25m of the cash will go to research on marine plastic pollution, while £20m will go on tackling plastic waste in developing countries.

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Paltrow and Falchuk met when the actress guest-starred on Glee in 2010 and the pair have been dating since 2014, after her split. Gwyneth just returned from a girls' weekend in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico where she celebrated her "hen weekend" (aka bachelorette).

Her campaign comes in the wake of the Blue Planet II TV series which highlighted the issue of seaborne plastic pollution.

Britain, together with CCOA joint chair Vanuatu, will call on other countries to pledge action on plastics, be this by a ban on microbeads, a commitment to cutting down on single use plastic bags, or other steps to eliminate avoidable plastic waste.

Professor McGeehan said: "The Diamond Light Source recently created one of the most advanced X-ray beamlines in the world and having access to this facility allowed us to see the 3D atomic structure of PETase in incredible detail".

WWF chief executive Tanya Steele said: "This alliance, and the leadership the UK Government is showing through the Commonwealth, demonstrates that we're committed to being part of a global solution".

Scientists at the University of Portsmouth and the US Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory chose to focus on a naturally occurring bacterium discovered in Japan a few years ago.

More than eight million tonnes of plastic are dumped into the world's oceans every year, and concern is mounting over this petroleum-derived product's toxic legacy on human health and the environment.

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