Check out the following link to learn about the fascinating scientific voyage just completed by our friends at the Sea Education Association. Their team drilled deeper into the ever more serious threats of plastics in the ocean environment.
A new study published in Neuroendocrinology, a peer-reviewed journal, measures the impact of low doses of Bisphenol-A, better known as BPA. The study will be devastating for the chemical industry which has long defended the use of BPA in plastics and many other products. It should also be an embarrassment for the FDA which has played along for far too long.
This BBC video shows just one example of a scenario duplicated at hundreds of smaller and even larger waste dumps around the world – many even in the US. This environmental disaster could be turned into an economic benefit for every region in which it occurs (see post below).
Much of the world could be cleaned up with an investment smaller than the Facebook IPO.
Here is a link to a page that lists 82 links to videos about reducing waste. Most of these are not about plastic. Some methods and suggestions are practical enough to be adopted at home. Others are about technology. Some just try to make a point – perhaps not always a useful or practical one. Some are entertaining.
The spill has now reached every area of the world’s oceans and tidal zones. According to researchers, it is killing at least a hundred thousand marine mammals a year, two million birds, thousands of turtles and countless fish and other creatures. It is likely that the spill is reducing reproductive rates in almost every kind of marine creature. It is permeating the entire food chain in the sea and on the land. New and more serious effects on human health are being discovered continually – from cancers to neurological disorders to sexual function and reproductive problems and more.
This most widespread and deadly threat to wildlife, human health and the environment is not what politicians discuss, what the media commonly reports or what most people think. Yet its documentation is clear. There is little question about its effects. Especially important, it is by far the most actionable of all major environmental issues.
Why is the global oil spill unknown by the great majority, and why is virtually nothing being done to even contain it, much less cure it?
Consider for a moment the possibility that plastic – not climate change or deforestation or even oil spills – is the most serious environmental threat facing mankind, and that it is both more immediate and far more actionable.
Are we wrong to give top priority to reducing our carbon footprint, and to focus so much effort, investment and regulatory fervor on fighting climate change? Why is so little political and governmental attention being paid to the research documented threats of plastic?
Plastic-filled ocean - a 100% human-caused disaster
The disposable plastic bottle symbolizes waste and litter around the world. But it is not just plastic bottles and careless littering that threaten to turn the oceans from life sustaining to life threatening.
Bottles and bags. Discarded toys, product packaging and cheap holiday decorations. Household and industrial waste of a thousand kinds.