BBC: “Scientists have revealed a list of items found in a stomach of a sperm whale which died after stranding on the Isle of Harris. The list included stacks of cups, packing straps, squid beaks embedded in the ball of litter, three bundles of fishing rope, fragments of rubber gloves, and rubber tubing.” Learn more […]
8 million metric tons of plastic waste enter the oceans every year. The total weight of this plastic waste is the equivalent of 90 aircraft carriers.
The Guardian: “Plastic bags and flexible packaging are the deadliest plastic items in the ocean, killing wildlife including whales, dolphins, turtles, and seabirds around the globe. Whales, dolphins and turtles were especially at risk from eating plastic film, with seabird deaths linked more with ingestion of hard plastic pieces and balloons.” Learn more at:www.opdera.org Source:https://www.theguardian.com/…/deadliest-plastics-bags… […]
Business Insider: “A ship operated by Evergreen Marine Corp., the company behind the vessel blocking the Suez Canal, once released 28,800 plastic toys into the Pacific Ocean by accident in the 1990s – and they were still washing up on shores around the world 15 years later.” Learn more at:www.opdera.org Source:https://www.businessinsider.in/…/articleshow/81708512.cms #zerowaste #plasticfree #plasticpollution #recycle […]
CNN: “Tiny microfiber strands, washed into the ocean from laundering our clothes or from industrial wastewater, are polluting one of the most remote regions on Earth. These microfibers can eventually flow into rivers, waterways and, ultimately, the ocean.” Learn more at:www.opdera.org Source:https://www.cnn.com/…/arctic-polyester…/index.html #zerowaste #plasticfree #plasticpollution #recycle #environment #plasticfreeliving #planetorplastic #reuse #breakfreefromplastic #ecofriendly #nowaste #plasticfreejuly #plastic […]
“The North Pacific is home to an enormous swirl of plastic waste twice the size of Texas known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, but how the trash made its way to the region has been a mystery among scientists – until now.” – Daily MailLearn more at:www.opdera.org Source:https://bit.ly/3uOwdNr #zerowaste #plasticfree #plasticpollution #recycle #environment #plasticfreeliving […]
You might be surprised, or even disgusted, to learn that most plastic waste ends up in the environment, even when you thought it was being recycled. Research shows plastic waste most commonly leaks into the environment in the country to which it’s shipped. Plastics that you put in the recycling bin were never intended to […]
Have you ever wondered what marine life would like if it was made up partly of plastic? Watch this short video.
The harm caused by plastic pollution is wide-ranging. It chokes wildlife above and below the waterline. An estimated one million sea birds and an unknown number of sea turtles die each year due to plastic debris clogging their digestive tracts, and marine animals of all sorts can become tangled and incapacitated by discarded fishing lines […]
waste reaching oceans includes sewage disposal, fertilizers from farms, solid garbage from cities/industries, and oil spills and drains. All of these raise the ocean’s contamination levels, which has already horrifyingly damaged the food chain of marine life.
The number of oceanic sharks and rays worldwide has fallen by 71% over the last 50 years, according to a study that found that some formerly abundant, wide-ranging species — including the Great Hammerhead — have declined so steeply that they are now classified as critically endangered.
Greenpeace’s research has found that Taiwanese annually eat at least 16,300 units, or 1.05 grams, of microplastics from shellfish, cephalopods (including octopi and squids), and fish, which is equivalent to a single plastic straw.
Plastic waste is the most visible component of ocean pollution. More than ten million tons of plastic enter the seas every year.
Evidence collected from a series of manned submersible dives indicates that the plastic litter items transported and deposited in the deep ocean canyon are most likely controlled by turbidity currents. Here the plastic litter items are highly heterogeneously distributed: Up to 89% of them occur in a few canyons.
Although scientists have known for decades about the accumulating mass of ocean debris and its deadly consequences for seabirds, fish, and other marine animals, the science of sea trash is young and full of as-yet unsolved mysteries. Almost nothing was known about the amount of plastic in remote regions of the Southern Hemisphere, for example, until last year because few had ever traveled there to collect samples.
A study published in the journal Science Advances has revealed that the United States ranks in the top three countries contributing to coastal plastic pollution. This includes scrap plastic exports and the latest figures on illegal dumping and littering in the country. The new research challenges the once-held assumption that the United States is adequately “managing” — that is, collecting and properly landfilling, recycling, or otherwise containing — its plastic waste. Plastic waste management and recycling are a lie.
Plastic wasn’t invented until the late 19th century, and production really only took off around 1950, we have 9.2 billion tons of plastic to deal with. Of that, more than 6.9 billion tons have become waste. And of that waste, a staggering 6.3 billion tons never made it to a recycling facility—a figure that stunned the scientists who crunched the numbers in 2017.
“Ghost Gear,” fishing equipment lost in the sea, can continue killing marine life.
50% of all human males will be sterile by 2050. Plastic chemicals responsible for testosterone depletion, and many other forms of human infertility.