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Netherlands : municipalities prohibit balloons of air

more and more Dutch municipalities to prohibit it, to allow air balloons. In 17 percent of the municipalities, there is a corresponding prohibition, as is clear from an examination of the environmental organisation De Noordzee. A year before 5 percent. 20 percent of the Dutch municipalities are advised also not to have balloons at parties are on the rise. Several parties in the Dutch Parliament want to push for more bans and expressed on Tuesday evening in The Hague concerned about possible damage caused by balloon remnants and plastic waste in the North sea.

balloons are now also in the German debate. At the beginning of December, the schleswig-redesigned-Holstein to the city of Elmshorn, a Christmas wish campaign for children, therefore, in a Central point. While the girls and boys on your Christmas wishes in previous years, ascending balloons were stapled, collected the slips of paper in a Box and come in a raffle. The colorful party article popular. The Decoration shop Happy Balloon in Hamburg, the demand is not small, such as a staff said. The demand is rather on the rise.

balloons are mammals according to the environmentalists is dangerous for the sea birds and fish. You could choke on the Plastic debris. In addition, the waste to the pollution of the sea and of the coasts. Especially seabirds, are determined according to one study, victims of the balloon remains: researchers had, that 20 percent of the dead found sea birds in plastic garbage, or balloon remnants, the deaths were the cause.

Recently, had already told Lauren Roman of the University of Tasmania in Australia: "balloons or balloon parts are the deadliest in the sea." The probability to die at such a rubber piece that is around 32 Times higher than in the case of harder plastic parts, the researchers wrote in the journal "Scientific Reports".

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The environmental Foundation De Noordzee for a General prohibition of air balloons in the nature. Most of the bans in the Netherlands, there is the Foundation, in the coastal areas and the Wadden sea Islands. (dpa)

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