The ocean influences weather, human and marine life forms, and the environment in general. On this regard, it merely means that the effects of polluting our oceans can be far-reaching. The increase of ocean pollution is continually affecting the health humans and most importantly the survival of marine life.
It’s no secret that our oceans and waterways are drowning in waste, a by-product of the world’s economic growth. To date, the best estimates say there are around 8 million metric tonnes of plastic going into the oceans each year – that works out to be around 16 shopping bags for each metre of global coastline (excluding Antarctica). Ocean pollution affects more than 817 animal species, around the world, a figure that has increased 23% in the last 5 years alone. What can we do to reduce ocean pollution?
Sewage Popsicles & Water Pollution
We wouldn’t eat these “popsicles” if we were you. Concocted by Hung I-chen, Guo Yi-hui and Cheng Yu-ti, a group of students from National Taiwan University of the Arts, the frozen treats comprise sewage from 100 different locations across the East Asian island nation.
Biodegradable Plastic: Are They Better
for The Environment?
An Interview Session with Prof.Dr.Suwarno Hadisusanto, SU (marine ecologist):
People hear terms such as ‘biodegradable’, ‘bio-plastic’ and ‘compostable’ and assume that these plastics are more ‘environmentally-friendly’. However, the reality is not so simple. The main issue here is a lack of understanding of the nature of compostable or biodegradable plastics and what bio-plastics are; their specific applications and the specialist treatment process needed to deal with these materials.
UK waterways are about to get a lot cleaner with the launch of the world’s first production Seabin in Portsmouth harbor. The device, which was developed by a pair of Australian surfers, works by sucking in various kinds of pollution (including oil) and spitting out clean water.