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Plastic Pollution in Oceans

Plastic Pollution in Oceans
Environmental Issues > Oceans Main Page > All Oceans Documents The Basics We're treating the oceans like a trash bin: around 80 percent of marine litter originates on land, and most of that is plastic. Plastic that pollutes our oceans and waterways has severe impacts on our environment and our economy. Seabirds, whales, sea turtles and other marine life are eating marine plastic pollution and dying from choking, intestinal blockage and starvation. Scientists are investigating the long-term impacts of toxic pollutants absorbed, transported, and consumed by fish and other marine life, including the potential effects on human health. Read more » What it Means to You Plastic pollution affects every waterway, sea and ocean in the world. Solutions The most effective way to stop plastic pollution in our oceans is to make sure it never reaches the water in the first place. NRDC is working on three key strategies to curb plastic water pollution in the U.S. and beyond: 1. 2. 3. What You Can Do 1. 2. 3.

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a soupy collection of marine debris—mostly plastics. Photograph by Ray Boland, NOAA. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Worldwide Garbage Patches Solutions to Stop Ocean Pollution We often hear of the causes of environmental issues, but do you know some solutions for ocean pollution? Many changes in the way we live could make the biggest differences on a global level as well as small steps you can take at home to save our oceans. Ocean Pollution Causes Ocean Color Image Archive Page NOTE: All SeaWiFS images presented here are for research and educational use only. All commercial use of SeaWiFS data must be coordinated with GeoEye Category: All Gallery Images

Plastic Bags in the Ocean The hazard of plastic bags in the ocean is greater than ever before. While plastic bags remain a benefit to retailers and consumers, their impact on the environment needs to be reconsidered. The Environmental Impact of Plastic In recent years, plastic bags have been a hot environmental topic. While there are several advantages to plastic bags, in general the disadvantages to the environment are becoming more apparent. Non-Biodegradable Ocean Trash Plaguing Our Sea Garbage patches in the ocean aren't piled-up islands of trash and debris, as is the common perception. But that doesn't mean the tiny, swirling plastic bits are nothing to worry about. The currents of the North Pacific gyre collect trash—mostly bits of microscopic plastic—into what are known as "garbage patches." Credit: NOAA Marine Debris Program In the Pacific Ocean, four ocean currents merge to form the North Pacific gyre, also known as the North Pacific Subtropical High, which spans the western US to Japan, and Hawaii to California.

22 Facts About Plastic Pollution (And 10 Things We Can Do About It) It seems nearly impossible to escape plastic in our every day lives, doesn’t it? And we can’t escape plastic pollution, either. Plastic is literally at my fingertips all day long. Plastic keyboard. Plastic framed computer monitor. How to Help Prevent Damage to Our Oceans: 10 Steps Edit Article Our oceans are a place of great beauty, incredible wonders, amazing mystery, and even a source of some of our deepest fears or thrills. Our oceans are important to us for many reasons, with food, transportation, recreation, medical sources, and energy being just some of the benefits we gain from them. Yet, oceans are suffering from our activities too; our land practices cause agricultural run-off, sewage, and litter to end up in the oceans daily, and there is now so much trash in the ocean that we've created garbage vortexes where all the trash heads to.[1] Damage to our oceans is damage to our livelihoods, well-being, and nourishment; damage to our oceans lacks respect for our oceans' intrinsic value. As individuals, we can do more to ensure that the oceans are cared for and respected. In this article, you'll learn some quick and easy ways to help prevent damage to our oceans.

Pacific Ocean Warming at Fastest Rate in 10,000 Years Just how rapid is the current rate of warming of the ocean? There is an interesting new article by Rosenthal and collaborators in the latest issue of the journal Science entitled "Pacific Ocean Heat Content During the Past 10,000 Years" that attempts to address this question. The article compares current rates of ocean warming with long-term paleoclimatic evidence from ocean sediments. So how rapid is the ocean warming? Well, for the Pacific ocean at least, faster than any other time in at least the past 10,000 years.

Say NO to Plastic Bags! // Animals Australia Few shoppers stop to consider that disposable plastic bags have a devastating impact on marine animals such as whales, seals, sea birds and turtles. More than 100,000 animals die every year after ingesting or becoming entangled in them. This is why Animals Australia has partnered with LUSH to draw attention to the 5.6 billion disposable shopping bags used by Australian consumers each year. Plastic Bag Facts: The average plastic bag is used for only 5 minutes, yet can take up to 1,000 years to break down in the environment. Turtles, dolphins, and whales can choke or starve by confusing plastic bags for jellyfish.

An Ocean of Plastic Ocean currents have been carrying floating debris into all five of the world’s major oceanic gyres for decades. The rotating currents of these so-called “garbage patches” create vortexes of trash, much of it plastic. However, exactly how much plastic is making its way into the world’s oceans and from where it originates has been a mystery — until now. A new study published today in the journal Science, quantifies the input of plastic waste from land into the ocean and offers a roadmap for developing ocean-scale solutions to the problem of plastic marine pollution.

Plastic 'Trash Islands' Forming In Ocean Garbage Patch After returning from the Transpacific Yacht Race — an annual sailboat race from Los Angeles to Honolulu — in 1997, Capt. Charles Moore was guiding his boat through the doldrums when he noticed some plastic debris floating in the water. Though it didn't seem like an overwhelming amount of trash, he recorded log entries every hour, noting the bits of debris in the water. World Merit * - Why Should We Care About Pollution? I see in most parts of the world today, its summer time, YAY! People are excited that they can finally take a break from work, school and head off to the beach. The fun, relaxing with friends, watching the people with their perfectly tanned skin, camping out on the beach, lighting up a fire in the night when it gets chilly, having a drink and trash a couple of empty beer bottles and cans in the lake, just perfect, uh? Growing up I used to watch movies, especially cartoons where someone would fish a boot/bottle on their fishing trip. I found it hilarious back then, the thought of someone catching something that didn’t belong in the lake was the highlight of the show for me. I didn’t stop to question myself how that shoe or bottle ended up in the lake in the first place.

The Plan to Map Illegal Fishing From Space Illicit fishing goes on every day at an industrial scale. But large commercial fishers are about to get a new set of overseers: conservationists—and soon the general public—armed with space-based reconnaissance of the global fleet. Crews on big fishing boats deploy an impressive arsenal of technology—from advanced sonars to GPS navigation and mapping systems—as they chase down prey and trawl the seabed. These tools are so effective that roughly a third of the world’s fisheries are now overharvested, and more than three-quarters of the stocks that remain have hit their sustainable limits, according to the FAO. For some species, most of the catch is unreported, unregulated, or flat-out illegal. US Coast Guard cutter Rush escorting the illegal fishing boat Da Cheng back to China.

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