Water pollution in ocean is bad for humans

While ocean pollution is extremely detrimental for marine life and human health, there are ways that this pollution can be reduced, if we play an active role in doing so. With some minor changes in our everyday routines, we can all do our part to help decrease the amount of pollution that enters our oceans. Our recent research offers a number of clear recommendations to help prevent and control ocean pollution, including a shift toward cleaner energy, developing cost-effective alternatives to plastics made from fossil fuels, reducing human, agricultural, and industrial waste, and expanding marine protected areas. Leaders who recognize the severity of ocean pollution, recognize its growing dangers, engage civil society, and adopt bold, science-based actions to address pollution at its sources will be critical for preventing ocean pollution and protecting our own health.    Show Source Texts

There is more work to be done, but The Center is committed to a long fight to reduce ocean plastic pollution. We petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency, asking the administration to regulate plastics as pollutants under the Clean Water Act, and we will continue to press to have plastic pollution treated like the dangerous waste that it is. The Center has petitioned the EPA to start regulating plastics as a pollutant, and is working to stop plastic pollution at its source, before it has a chance to make its way into the oceans.    Show Source Texts

There are efforts aimed at protecting the oceans from plastic pollutants alongside human health, but these are largely grassroots organizations. These grassroots organizations are therefore crucial for protecting the oceans, working hard to spread awareness of ocean pollution.    Show Source Texts

Among their research priorities, they have called for improved ocean pollution monitoring, studies on human exposures to ocean pollutants and health effects biomarkers, and better understanding the effects of multiple ocean pollutants. An international group of researchers is also looking into key factors affecting the oceans health. Ocean pollution poses a clear and present danger to human health and wellbeing, according to a new study by an international group of researchers.    Show Source Texts

Ocean plastics are probably making their way up the food chain, the new research indicates. Human actions are widely harming the oceans ecosystems and endangering human health, new report suggests. Pollution in the ocean from plastics, toxic metals, industrial chemicals, pesticides, wastewater, and farm runoff is killing and polluting fish, which are feeding three billion humans.    Show Source Texts

Toxic chemicals are entering ocean waters daily, leading to water contamination, as well as creating health problems for fish living in the oceans. While many negative effects to humans are caused by many different types of contaminants, these are mostly caused by contamination that pollutes water supplies and the ocean food chain. For example, chemicals like lead and pesticides may pollute the water supply, potentially leading to such health problems as hormone problems and damage to the kidneys.    Show Source Texts

Chemicals such as oil, mercury, lead, pesticides, and other heavy metals are found throughout the ocean, and may be polluting the water supply and our food chain, impacting the sea creatures involved. Hazardous chemicals within the water systems may also impact the animals and plants that live in them. Pollution may also occur due to the large concentrations of agricultural animals such as pigs and chickens, which may pollute the local waterways through their discharge, which is then carried into beaches and swim areas. Chemical contamination occurs when human activities, particularly fertilizer application by farms, cause chemicals to be flushed down into waterways, eventually flowing into our oceans.    Show Source Texts

Probably the most significant issue of ocean pollution is the fact that bacteria present in the ocean waters can convert some metals, such as mercury, to extremely toxic forms of that metal. Ocean pollution is a complicated mix made of mercury, plastic waste, manufactured chemicals, oil waste, agricultural runoff, and biological threats such as harmful algae blooms. Research shows that oceans are polluted with a complex stew of toxins, including mercury, pesticides, manufactured chemicals, petroleum wastes, agricultural runoff, and manufactured chemicals embedded in plastic. While plastic waste is the most visible component of ocean pollution, and is accumulating quickly, it is invisible chemicals, particles, metals, and biological toxins that have been shown to impact human health.    Show Source Texts

As mentioned above, the primary reason for pollution reaching oceans is from runoff from land, and this is the reason why discarded trash makes its way into the ocean waters.    Show Source Texts

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, billions of pounds of trash and other pollutants reach our oceans each year. Not one square mile of surface ocean on any part of the globe is clean from plastic pollution. All five of Earths main ocean gyres are inundated with plastic pollution.    Show Source Texts

New research has found plastic contamination is so prevalent at many beaches it is impacting reproduction. Despite their important role in supporting life on earth, and the sheer scale–more than two-thirds of Earth is covered in water–the oceans are threatened, mostly from human activities. As oceans health worsens, human health, especially for people living near them, also worsens. The health impacts of ocean pollution disproportionately affect Indigenous Peoples, coastal communities, and vulnerable populations of the global south, highlighting the planetary dimensions of such ecological injustice.    Show Source Texts

From hazardous carbon emissions, choking plastics, leaky petroleum, to ongoing noise, the types of ocean pollution humans are creating are enormous. Over a period of decades, humans have managed to suck tons of trash into the ocean. Plastic waste — entering the ocean at more than 10 million tons per year — is killing seabirds and fish, and it is being consumed by humans as toxic microparticles, which are now found in all humans. Every day, the oceans are being attacked from both natural sources and human-made pollution.    Show Source Texts

Of thousands of chemicals and manufactured mixtures that contaminate the global ocean, humans are the ones who are most exposed to PCBs, dioxins, brominated flame retardants, perfluorinated substances, and pesticides by eating contaminated seafood, writes the authors.    Show Source Texts

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