Rubbish In Our Oceans
Just as water in a glass is important Oceans are of extreme importance to all humans; they are an important part of the environment seeing as they occupy a large percentage of the earth surface. Other than their stunning beauty oceans are also an important part of our environment, for instance; they are a source of water, provide a habitat for several animals and plants, which cannot survive nor adapt to any other environment some of these animals and plants include whales, jelly fish, sea weed, red algae, coralline algae among many others. Oceans are also very important in dictating weather patterns, despite their importance just like any other part of our environment oceans have been extremely polluted due to human activities. The current situation of our oceans is pathetic and needs a quick remedy.
The major causes of pollution in our oceans include chemical waste from industries, which is dumped in large amounts into the oceans. These wastes are toxic if ingested by sea animals and plants; some are even harmful to human beings. This is causing extinction of most sea inhabitants. Furthermore, scientists have proven that if this situation does not change ocean animals like the sea turtle, and the black foot albatross will soon be extinct. Another cause of ocean pollution is dumping of plastic waste into the oceans; this is extremely harmful because plastic waste is not biodegradable and cannot disintegrate like organic matter instead it undergoes a process called photo degradation which in turn produces harmful toxins such as bisphemenon that are harmful to plants and animals of the ocean.
Oceans provide a means of transport; crude oil is transported via the oceans, and more often than not accidents occur and there are massive oil leaks. The leaked oil floats on the ocean surface and prevents oxygen from penetrating into the sea, and this causes most ocean animals to die from suffocation. The ocean plants also wither due to lack of oxygen; crude oil is also poisonous if consumed by humans. Ocean pollution can also be caused by dumping of domestic waste into the ocean. The inorganic waste will cause clutter in the ocean. However, the organic waste will be broken down naturally after some time. Chemical waste released into the oceans by industries can upset the chemical balance of water in the ocean leading to high acidity levels. High levels of acidity affects weather patterns and in extreme cases lead to acidic rain that is harmful to the environment.
Clearly, as illustrated above we need to collectively clean up our oceans and prevent further pollution if we are to maintain a clean and safe leaving environment. Steps that can be taken to protect our oceans include: proper disposal of industrial waste material and plastics, in case of leaks the crude oil should be removed from the oceans. The most effective way of keeping oceans clean is to create laws that prohibit improper waste disposal into oceans and strict punishment to those who do not adhere to these laws.
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