Plastic is everywhere; even at 7 miles deep. What was once thought of as a safe haven away from anthropogenic impacts, has been found to contain plastic. Recent research has found that the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ocean, contains persistent organic pollutants (POP’s) that are absorbed onto plastic. The new study, published … More Plastic reaches the deep sea
Ocean acidification is a feedback mechanism, affected by a change in atmospheric CO2 levels. As such, reducing the amount of atmospheric CO2 will then reduce the amount of carbonic acid in the oceans, and there’s not really any other way to fix this issue globally. How can we achieve this? Well, Limiting deforestation and the … More Ocean Acidification- More than just a sour taste (pt.3)
While we talk about many topics on this blog, we have yet to address what happens in the worst case scenario. What happens if we continue to let the ocean die? What happens if we never take responsibility for the poisoning of our waters? As a species, we are very dependent on the ocean for … More Ocean Armageddon – what’s the worst that can happen?
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Ocean dead zones are defined by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) as “areas in the ocean of such low oxygen concentration that animal life suffocates and dies” (learn more here). This is because there are too many nutrients, mainly nitrogen and phosphorus, in the water. These nutrients cause the eutrophication (excessive richness of nutrients) … More Dead zones: Welcome to the front line
As of last Monday, Johnson and Johnson will no longer make their cotton buds with plastic in order to reduce the amount of plastic reaching the oceans. The plastic tubes will instead be replaced with cardboard. The new buds should be seen in shops within the next couple of weeks. According to the Marine Conservation … More Swapping plastic for paper – Johnson and Johnson’s bid to save the oceans
Everyday life has had an effect on the ocean, from the energy needed for your cup of tea to the journey you make to work. A driver will emit an average of 411 grammes of CO2 per mile, this number can vary based on two factors: the fuel economy of the vehicle and the amount … More Ocean Warming (pt.2)
A recent study by Napper and Thompson at Plymouth University examined the abundance of microscopic fibres released that are from synthetic clothes when they’re washed. Synthetic fabrics have been used instead of cotton, wool and linen for over 50 years and their prevalence in clothing is increasing. The increase in these microfibres and a recent … More Invasion of the microplastics
Acidification of our oceans is having, and will have, many impacts on marine ecosystems and processes. As mentioned at the end of part 1, excess atmospheric carbon dioxide moves into the ocean to restore the equilibrium, or balance, between the two. This occurs through a reaction that forms carbonic acid, as seen below, the Hydrogen … More Ocean Acidification: More than just a sour taste (pt.2)
The world’s oceans are so big we thought for a long time that there was nothing we could do to damage them. However, now we are facing an imminent and global collapse of our fisheries, which has been projected to happen as early as 2048. All thanks to overfishing, massive overconsumption and wasteful fishing practices. … More Overfishing. A solution?