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According to the Academy, the United States could be the source of approximately one third of this ocean pollution.

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>Oil pollution is one of the most conspicuous forms of damage to the marine environment. Oil enters the seas not only as a result of spectacular oil tanker or oil rig disasters, but also – and primarily – from diffuse sources, such as leaks during oil extraction, illegal tank-cleaning operations at sea, or discharges into the rivers which are then carried into the sea. The designation of marine protected areas, increased controls and the use of double hull tankers are just some of the measures now being deployed in an effort to curb marine oil pollution.

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The aim of GreenSeas Trust is to educate, promote and implement environmental programs to eliminate plastics entering the seas and coastal areas. Our goal is to ensure marine life and fish stocks are sustainable for future generations

 

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We've defined water pollution as something "toxic,harmful, or a nuisance," but how bad can its effects be? The answeris all about : how much of a polluting substance orchemical is present in a river, lake, or sea. If there's enough oilto wipe out one or more species, an entire ecosystem may be affected,because each species depends critically on all the others. You mightthink it doesn't matter if all the insects (say) disappeared from ariver corridor. But what feeds on those insects? Bats, birds, andother creatures. And what feeds on those? A relatively small changeto one part of an ecosystem can cause knock-on damage felt by manyother species. Effects like that can take years to fully manifestthemselves, which means they're not always obvious and not alwayseasy to trace back to a single episode of pollution.


Water pollution is often really horrible to lookat: no-one likes to see plastic bottles strewn across their favoritebeach or plastic bags littering a river. But often the effects aremore drastic and much more disturbing: think of dead fish floating ona polluted lake or oil-caked birds flapping hopelessly on a beachinland from a tanker spill.


Large ‘islands’ of plastic waste have formed in our seas.

Whichever form of water pollution you consider,you'll find the simple causes lead to deeper questions about how oursociety works. Take the problem of , for example. That'scaused when air pollution from smokestacks blows long distancesbefore meeting up with rain clouds. When the rain falls, it dissolvesthe pollution and produces acid, which changes the pH (acid-alkali balance) oflakes and rivers, making them too acidic to support fish life. Who orwhat is responsible for acid rain? Is it the companies who operatethe smokestacks? Since many of them are power plants, is it theordinary people—you and me—who use their electricity? Is it thegovernments who fail to do anything about the problem?

the water in our rivers, and the water in our seas?

But why is the sewage flushed into the seasinstead of being pumped through a treatment plant to remove toxicchemicals and bacteria? Is it a matter of economics (people don'twant to pay more for their water)? Is it a matter of law and regulation (watercompanies are not fined enough when they pollute)? Is it that peopledon't care enough to protect the environment we all depend on? Or isit that we don't appreciate the problem of pollution—or perhaps thatwe have too many other things to worry about? You could argue thatsewage and wastewater pollution is caused by any (or all) of thesethings.

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That sounds like a simple question, but it's muchharder to answer than you might think. To start with, each of thedifferent types of water pollution has a different cause. So, forexample, it's relatively common for the world's rivers and seas to bepolluted by human sewage and wastewater. But what causes thepollution? It's not simply that humans and animals produce sewage;it's that sewage is often flushed untreated into the water. Even inrelatively wealthy countries such as the United States and the UnitedKingdom, vast amounts of sewage routinely find their way into coastalwaters where people bathe and from which fish and shellfish arecaught. [1,2]