Chemical Plastic

July 8, 2010

Shocking! White Trash Threaten Earth’s Oceans

Plastics have been around for, perhaps less than 100 years. So in the short span, there hasn’t been a group of microorganisms who have evolved who are capable of biodegrading plastics.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego USA had taken a investigation and found that the area of Pacific Plastic Garbage Patch that lies between California and Hawaii is double of that of Texas.

Researchers said: “Unfortunately, there are a lot of plastic in oceans, Just one year, the Japan Coast will gather approx.150,000 tons of plastic debris”.  In a sense, you are placing all these plastics in the ocean, and eventually they will reach the deep ocean environment.

The increasing quantity of plastic now known to be in the oceans, plastic lasts a long time there, because cold sea water slows down the chemical reactions that cause a plastic bottle lying on a beach, for example, to break down.

It seemed that it is not the most terrible thing that the plastic gathered in oceans, there is a new study found that plastic decomposition will cause more pollution. Plastics in ocean biodegrade slowly and the biodegradation of plastic occured in ocean will cause bigger damages.

“Plastic maybe biodegraded at an alarming rate under the action of rain, sun and other environmental factors,” said the researchers. At the same time, they will may also release toxins contained bisphenol A to the oceans, bisphenol A are be deemed to has effect on disrupting hormonal function of animals, and act on animal’s reproductive system.

But if you define biodegradation as the complete conversion of plastics into carbon dioxide and water, all the plastics that we ever put into the ocean – which is over the past 50 to 60 years – would still be there in the ocean. And we keep adding more and more to it. And we do not know what the ecological consequences of this are. They might be very serious.

Earth’s oceans are absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, making the oceans more acidic. This could pose a threat to ocean life.

Around the world there are signs that plastic pollution is becoming a serious pollution and is threatening and destructing the environment, more terrifying it has begun to filtrated into the whole food chain of the earth gradually.

To  protect our common homeland, there is a lot of things we need to do!

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  1. You stated: “Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego USA had taken a investigation and found that the area of Pacific Plastic Garbage Patch that lies between California and Hawaii is double of that of Texas.”

    That is not true. The website “http://seaplexscience.com/2009/11/13/millions-billions-trillions-of-scientific-errors-in-the-nyt/”, written by a research at Scripps, states: “There is no evidence for this. There certainly is a lot of trash, but there have been no measurements of either the trash’s total area or its growth rate.”

    Comment by John Spevacek — July 9, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

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