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The Extreme Effects of Plastic on the World's Oceans

Environment  (tags: environment, ecosystems, conservation )

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One of the greatest threats to the health of our planet's water is plastic. More than 8 million tons of plastic gets dumped into the ocean every year.


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Phyllis P (232)
Tuesday March 26, 2019, 12:06 pm
Sea turtles
One of the biggest victims of ghost nets are sea turtles. Data from the past 20 years shows that more than 1 million sea turtles have been inadvertently snared by nets and other commercial fishing gear like traps, with at least 1,000 still being killed every year. In 2016, one single ghost net found off the coast of Brazil after a storm contained 17 dead sea turtles. Turtles have also been found after being killed by "six pack" beer can holders, plastic chairs and balloon string. Besides being killed by large debris, studies have found that an estimated 50 percent of the world's sea turtles have ingested plastic.

Phyllis P (232)
Tuesday March 26, 2019, 12:06 pm
Killing whales
2018 saw many whales killed by ocean plastic. In April, a Sperm whale was found dead off the coast of Spain with 64 pounds of garbage in its digestive system, which killed it. In June, a Pilot whale in Thailand died due to ingesting more than 17 pounds of plastic trash, including 80 trash bags. And in November, a dead whale washed ashore in Indonesia with more than 1,000 pieces of plastic in its stomach.

Freya H (345)
Tuesday March 26, 2019, 12:12 pm
If we don't stop fouling our own nest, we won't have any place to live. If we don't take better care of Nature, Nature will take care of us.

Michael F (173)
Tuesday March 26, 2019, 12:20 pm
Thank You for Sharing This !!!

Wilde T (10)
Tuesday March 26, 2019, 2:21 pm
A sure sign of human lack of neuroplasticity!

Sue H (7)
Tuesday March 26, 2019, 4:29 pm
Our "government" seems to be OK with Big Oil laughing all the way to the bank whilst destroying our planet. :(

Christeen A (300)
Tuesday March 26, 2019, 4:50 pm
This makes my blood boil.

Colleen L (3)
Tuesday March 26, 2019, 9:07 pm
Humans can be so ugly. You'd think they'd care more for the planet. Agree with Sue.
Thanks Phyllis

Dawn M (141)
Wednesday March 27, 2019, 10:44 am
Very sad!! Agree Sue!

Mike M (8)
Wednesday March 27, 2019, 12:52 pm
Typical the only concern of most of the humans on the planet is money to keep the governments greedy paws off of them

joey nelson (31)
Wednesday March 27, 2019, 1:25 pm
Thanks for the share!!!

Mandi T (367)
Wednesday March 27, 2019, 1:58 pm
Me too! It's a terrible concern. that some just don't give a darn -(

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Thursday March 28, 2019, 2:47 am
I'm absolutely with you on this, Phyllis, it makes me mad as hell too. Reducing plastic usage, cleaning up our oceans and fighting global warming all fall in a category that should have the highest priority.

Beryl L (78)
Thursday March 28, 2019, 5:55 am
This makes me so mad
it's awful it's just sickening.

Beryl L (78)
Thursday March 28, 2019, 6:00 am
Thanks for sending this Phyllis it's hard to find good articles in our news these days.please forward anything you have

Suzanne L (89)
Friday March 29, 2019, 5:18 pm
TY Phyllis. It's discouraging. For those who are interested see It claims that through new technologies it can clean up the garbage patch between Asia and North America in 5 years.

Shirley S (187)
Saturday March 30, 2019, 9:10 pm
I have read that the Asian countries & Indonesia are particularly responsible for the problem.
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