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By Chloe Mcenery Beacham June has been an important month for oceans. The ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ theme of World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June shone a spotlight on the devastation caused by plastics in the oceans - an issue already firmly in the public consciousness with images of sea turtles entangled in discarded ‘ghost’ fishing nets or seabirds choked by plastic bags regularly appearing in the media. The announcement of WED host India to eliminate all single-use plastics in the country by 2022, as well as pledges made by other countries to ban plastic bags, are positive steps towards meeting the challenge. However, at the G7 summit in Canada on 8-9 June UN Secretary-General António Gut

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