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Death of our vital oceans – a food chain being wrecked!

May 27, 2007
Man is stuffing the planet comprehensively – so much for our collective future!
clipped from www.panda.org

A staggering amount of waste, much of which has only existed for the past 50 years or so, enters the oceans each year.

From plastic bags to pesticides – most of the waste we produce on land
eventually reaches the oceans, either through deliberate dumping or from run-off
through drains and rivers. This includes:

  • oil
  • fertilizers
  • solid garbage
  • sewage
  • toxic chemicals
Plastic garbage, which decomposes very slowly, is often mistaken for food by
marine animals. High concentrations of plastic material, particularly plastic
bags, have been found blocking the breathing passages and stomachs of many
marine species, including whales, dolphins, seals, puffins, and turtles. Plastic
six-pack rings for drink bottles can also choke marine animals.
Several years ago a minke whale was found on a Scottish beach with 800kg of
plastic bags in its stomach.
80% of urban sewage discharged into the Mediterranean Sea is untreated.
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