China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam are dumping more plastic into oceans than the rest of the world combined

Not only does plastic kill marine life and choke seabirds, but toxic fragments from plastic can end up in the seafood we eat. It also requires decades to break down.

The situation isn’t hopeless though. The best way to cut plastic waste is to cut consumption, experts say.

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I have started another blog but will continue with Life SE Asia.  My new blog will be more politics as that is what drives governments.  

Humanity Conservation vs Ignorance 

I hope you take a look. Just started so a process in work. If you have something to say you are welcome to join me.  

I have written many times on the subject of atmospheric pollution and although I am taking a break from blogging for a while I cannot contain my emotions when it comes to being exposed to deliberately started forest fires.

While I am managing a building project in Northern Thailand I am staying on the hill slopes of Huai Kaew village, 30 kms north of Chiang Mai, bordering the forests. The climate at this time of year is comfortable. Cool at night and early morning rising to 30c + in the day with no rain except the occasional shower.

But now the burning season starts when the monsoon rains have gone and farmers burn off the dry dead grasses and stubble to stimulate new growth next year around May/June’; then Cutting back excessive growth, clearing land and deforestation for fruit and vegetable farming.

Unfortunately making a living takes preference over self-…

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Coral Day, A Dream to Restore Bangka Island

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Marine Life mediumEighth edition of Marine Life monthly post. Marine Life post is published every 19th of the month. It aims to share information on specific marine life species and to promote their conservation. All images are taken by Indah Susanti unless stated otherwise.

Coral reefs are often called as the rainforest of the sea. It is estimated that one quarter of the ocean population depends on the coral reefs for shelter and food. Without coral reefs, they will be homeless and have no place to reproduce. Oceans consist of only about 0,1% of coral reefs. Millions of people in the world directly or indirectly depend on the coral reefs for food, income and medicines.

“The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study found that coral reefs generate up to US$1, 25 million per hectare from tourism, coastal protection, bioprospecting and fisheries annually.” Source: UNEP, Coral Reefs – Valuable but Vulnerable.

The contribution to people’s lives…

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Living on Phuket island Thailand , so many beautiful beaches and they are great for swimming but sometimes you will find plastic bags floating in the water and can be a lot of them.  I was at one of my favorite small beach Ya Nui and the beach was well maintained until you got in the water!   Plastic bags everywhere.  How anyone could enjoy being in the water?   I did not take a photo of the plastic bags in the water that day but below is Surin Beach with plastic bottles and bags on the beach

Plastic on the beach spoils a beautiful sunset

When I was growing up in the USA, paper was used and no plastic, but over the years plastic boomed all over the world and in many ways has made life easier.  The camera I am using to take the photos is made out of plastic!  We will avoid the political if possible and stick with the science and conservation of our world!

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