In fact, scientists report that this problem is so serious that virtually all seafood now contains plastic. We’re fast running out of space for landfills—especially near cities. Seaside cities have been dumping trash into their oceans for decades to circumvent the problem, but with widespread marine ecological collapse, this is no longer a viable option. Other things include air pollution from factories. B.
Unfortunately this is what happened on March 24, 1989 in Prince William Sound, Alaska. Years ago Exxon Mobile Corporation was the world’s biggest oil company, carrying crude oil to places all over the world and today it is just another company who failure to handle the situation with honor and disastrous decisions ended in millions and millions of dead animals and fishermen. This paper will express and analyze The Exxon Valdez oil spill as well the damages it caused to the coastal environment along southern Alaska’s shore, issues in the case, court decision, and the significance of the oil spill. Exxon Valdez: Who? Bills?
This devastation affects a majority of the U.S. being one of our largest sources of fresh water, and will only continue to deplete, as companies carelessly dump their waste into the lake. Consumption of fish from this lake will soon be obsolete if immediate action is not taken. These are all things that need to be considered by industrial businesses, families, merchants, fishermen, and environmentalists. As long as the waters are polluted the economy will experience great loss, and may even see jobs created by the Great Lake, eventually
“Apparently the mass of the plastic particles is six times more than the mass of the natural plankton in the area.” This large expanse of ocean has become unhealthy for the animals that feed around the Gyre. “The plastic is found at depths of up to 30 meters. It is literally creating a landmass.” Because not all the plastic’s as it breaks down, and releases large amounts of toxic substances into the water of the Pacific Ocean. Not to mention that the Sea birds and other marine animals mistake these sand like plastics as food, and aren’t able to digest the plastics resulting in a large number of deaths of these animals. We all can contribute in helping the slow the growth of “trash Island” so some call it.
The cases of Anderson et al v. Pacific Gas and Electric and Jones v. Scotchwood are very similar yet have significant differences. Four decades after one of the world’s largest utility started dumping 370 million gallons of cancer-causing chemicals into unlined ponds in Hinkley, California, their actions were uncovered. There negligence caused many people and domestic animals in the high desert town of Hinkley to get sick. In the town of Scotchwood, the water pipes running throughout the town were deteriorating causing the parasite “Pindia” to contaminate the water. This parasite was not an immediate threat to healthy people of Scotchwood but to the people already sick with diseases causing weakened immune systems.
Contaminating these waters will not only harm the wildlife, but it will kill a source of food that is so dominant in Newfoundland, and also will harm hundreds of people’s jobs. Oil spills cause a lot of problems in our ocean and to our marine life. Everywhere you look people are trying to create a more sustainable ocean, and this is hard to do when there is so much pollution and threats to our environment all around us. We, as youth need to step up and try to make a change and help to make our province a better place. We can help thousands of animals survive by taking action against oil drilling in our
These numbers mean tragic and brutal deaths in addition to the separation of countless families. Equally abhorring is the repercussion of chemical warfare. According to Jason Grotto in his newspaper article, ”A Tainted Peace”, thousands of gallons of herbicides and defoliants were sprayed over fields of crop and villages by the U.S. to target the Vietcong—southern Vietnamese rebels who supported communism—and their food supply (1). The result of the spraying is indisputable as stated by Grotto that 5 out of every 100 children in Vietnam are born some form of physical or mental abnormality, a four times increase since the start of the war (1). This places an immense strain on society as so many children are born with severe deformities—including babies born with organs on the outside and missing external body parts.
As a result of this, plants and animals are forced to adapt to significant changes that threaten their way of life. As explained by Suzuki in the article, every year at least twenty thousand species disappear forever and the rate of extinction is speeding up largely due to human activity. Many living things are now paying the price for all the man made pollution that has been created as a result of global warming. Furthermore we as a community do nothing to stop global warming and feel no sense of responsibility or duty to care for the overall well being of our world. Big businesses are releasing harmful chemicals into the atmosphere and oceans.
Should America Seek Alternative Energy Sources Cars and factories put off many different poisonous gasses into our air. These can make people very sick, cause plants and animals to die, and causes our atmosphere to become hazardous while depleting the Ozone layer. Another problem is oil spillage. About 1,000 barrels of oil seep per day into our ocean waters. About 11,000 barrels of U.S. oil got spilled from tankers from 1980 to 1998.
In the world of oceanography, dead zones are a commonly known term amongst scientists. People do not realize the effects that the zones have on the inhabitants of the ocean and the people who depend on fishing for their livelihood. This issue affects biological and chemical oceanographers, eliminating all forms of marine life due to the climate and composition change of the ocean. The continuation of this study will help scientist understand and assist in creating new ways to solve the growing problem. Areas around the world known as “Dead Zones” are being reported as “areas so low in oxygen that fish and other sea life cannot survive (Oceans Where Fish Choke.