The Invisible Wave
Marine Chemical Pollution: The Invisible Wave
Chemical pollution – of land, air, rivers, watersheds – has been a festering issue for decades, occasionally prompting resolute action. But only recently has the scale of chemical pollution become more apparent. Invisible Wave, part of the Back to Blue initiative between Economist Impact and The Nippon Foundation, brings the issue of marine chemical pollution to a wider audience that includes policymakers, governments, the chemicals industry itself, the broader business community, the finance sector, civil society and consumers.
Immersive data story on the science of chemical pollution
Chemicals are an essential part of our everyday life but without environmentally friendly methods or production, recycling and disposal, they pose a real and growing threat to our planet. Our immersive data story guides readers through the latest science and evidence on the interactions between chemicals with marine environments – and the steps needed to tackle the problem before it is too late.
THE INVISIBLE WAVE: GETTING TO ZERO CHEMICAL POLLUTION
The objective of The Invisible Wave is to raise the status of chemical pollution as a real priority for ocean health. The report, video, and other items below are only the beginning of the conversation. Ultimately, our aim is to have transformational impact on knowledge and awareness of marine chemical pollution.
Plastic is a critical problem for the ocean. But it is not the only problem. The Invisible Wave, published in March 2022, sets out a case for chemical pollution in the ocean to be treated with the same gravity and the same urgency as plastic pollution. In many ways, they are two sides of the same coin.
FULL REPORT: THE INVISIBLE WAVE
Based on a wide-ranging expert interview program and deep analysis of the scientific research, the white paper explains the past, present and possible futures of marine chemical pollution, focusing on all societal stakeholders – chemicals companies, industries reliant on chemicals, policy makers and consumers.
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