Most of the freshwater available to humans is often polluted, and made unsuitable to drink. Less than 1 percent of the freshwater is apt for drinking. About 42,000 people die every week from low quality drinking water and lack of sanitation. Many people are currently sick and unhealthy because of water-borne illnesses. One area known for its water sanitation problems is South America.
Environmental Solution Is at the Checkout Stand; The Conversation” Kirsten James reveals the effect that plastic bags have on the environment both on land and ocean, and also add to the waste in public. Drain pipes lead to beaches, so after it rains trash is washed up on beaches. James states that “Our state’s urban beaches look like trash dumps after a storm” (1). If people do not reduce the number of plastic bags usage, these numbers will keep increasing to landfill and American will be live in an unsanitary country. Figure 1 The sea turtle mistakenly consumes plastic bag and thought it is food.
Some studies have even shown that in some areas there was forty-six times more plastic than there was food for the animals to eat. (Conserving Now.com) The mass waves of bags could be ingested by many marine lives such as whales and many fish. The fish take all the toxins from these bags and store them inside their body. The fish is now unhealthy if this fish is later caught the toxins could be eaten by a human. An animal could also be forced to relocate from its current home because of an excess of trash that restrain the daily activities needed to survive.
This may causes a breakdown in the food chain. 4) The fur and feathers of animals and birds that stay around the beach would be covered by the oil, wiping out their insulating abilities, decreasing buoyancy, and taking their lives away when the oil is swallowed as they clean themselves. These animals that covered by the oil would eventually die from drowning, suffocation or from consumption of oil. On the other hand, the long term effects that a spill would bring to the ocean life are: 1) The decrease in populations of those affected species 2) Bring risk to our human health as we may have the chance to eat those polluted foods from the ocean Oil spills are mostly done by human mistakes. Usually oil spills happen when ships carrying large oil tanks sink in the ocean, causing the oil to leak out of its containers and contaminate the ocean, killing thousands of marine lives.
Some places are even taxes the plastic bags, which I don't get. How would taxing the use of plastic bags make it any better for our health or the environment? I would not allow the use of plastic bags at all. I would also create a huge fine for anyone that is deliberately throwing any kind of plastic bags or any trash at all on the ground. I know that they are already littering laws however, I would make it a larger fine so people would really be hesitate to throw plastic bags or trash anywhere other then where it should be.
Also Acid produces chemical changes in the blood of the fish, and their basic body metabolism is altered and can cause deformities in these inhabitants. They have twisted and arched backbones, flattened heads and strangely curved tails. In pH levels of four there is little left in the lakes besides rock bass, pumpkinseed and lake herring. Affected fish are also in danger of becoming sterile, which would put the species at risk of becoming extinct. As with sulfur dioxide in rain, mercury is also discharged into the water.
Plastic bags are often made in locations where the environmental standards are low, which then creates the issue of transportation of the bags and release of hydrocarbons, a contributing factor to the greenhouse effect, into the atmosphere from the transportation trucks. The extraction of oil can also cause problems to the geosphere, changing the composition of the soils around it because of oil leaks or spills. After a plastic bag is made, it is used by the consumer and then thrown out, a process that has begun to create many problems within the biosphere. Around 80 million plastic shopping bags ends up as our litter in our environment each year./ It takes plastic bags up to 1000 years to break down and because they are light weight and
The pollution consist of things such as trash, oil, and sewage. Pollution kills ocean life almost instantly (Gonzales 40). Overfishing is another problem. It is caused when fish do not reproduce as fast as they are caught. An example of overfishing is commercial fishing.
c. These pollution decline beluga’s immune system, get disease easily that linked to low birth rates of belugas which have lived in the St. Lawrence River. d. Some oil explorations such as BP oil spill destroy belugas’ habitats, too. EFFECTS of the issue. Because of these predators, humans,
LLDPE bags have unbranched chains while LDPE have branched chains. Branching affects the strength and crystallinity; this is why grocery bags are weaker and flimsier than shopping bags. How do Plastic Bags affect the environment? Usually plastic bags are not disposed of properly and they end up being in the sea. In the water, plastic bags are often mistaken for jellyfish by wildlife and they try digesting the bags and it blocks up their intestines, when this happens the animals eventually die and start to decompose, they decompose faster than the plastic bags because bags take from 20-1000 years to decompose, so the bags is released back into the environment and another organism eats it.