The booms and skimmers, though, tended to get clogged by the thick oil. Chemical cleanup was also given a trial run by the U.S. Coast Guard. However, the current of the water was not enough to evenly distribute the dispersants that were supposed to break down the oil and it only added to the amount of pollutants in the Sound (EPA). It is found in recent studies that on select beaches in the sound are still polluted by large amounts of remaining oil deposits (Liszka 1-30). In the end, the Exxon Valdez oil spill was an expensive disastrous accident that continues to affect the people, company, and environment.
“An average person takes about 12 steps before they litter.”(“Eye-Opening Statistics”). This is a shocking statistic. An average person shouldn’t even litter, littering harms the environment in many ways. It harms the oceans, each year about 300,000 dolphins die because the government throws the trash littered into the oceans. There are millions of dolphins out in the oceans and they are declining fast because people couldn’t take another 12 steps to get to the trash cans that are all over the place in cities.
Oceans are threatened daily by both natural and manmade pollution, as the largest factor affecting them is plastic. Over the last decade, there has been more plastic produced compared to the last 100 years (“How Ocean Pollution Impacts Marine Life-and All of Us”). Around 100 millions tons of plastic is produced every year and 10 percent of that plastic ends up in the sea. Many sources are the cause of ocean litter including trash that washes off city streets, waste blown in from landfills, and containers that fall off ships during heavy storms. Many marine mammals mistake these for food (Greer, Abigail).
The water pollution is polluting great deal of their rivers. The reason for a mass of this is “Industrial runoff, poor sewage treatment , and catch basins”(Auslin). All of this is making the water of china is deadly for people to drink and to swim in. A group did a study in 2011 that said “39 percent of china’s seven river basins were too polluted for general use, including 14 percent that were unfit even for industrial use. In 26 key lakes and reservoirs, only 42 percent of total water was deemed fit for swimming and fishing, while 8 percent was unfit even for industrial use”(Auslin).
From the endless fracking today’s economy is depleting. Our natural resources are at risk every time fracking occurs. Fracking needs to be banned since it is hurting our health and that it drains our natural and limited resources required for us to sustain life. Water is an essential to living and it is a need. Without it we would be dead from the dehydration.
Abigail tells us that noise pollution is hurting animals that use sonar to get around are becoming closer to extinction. The animals hear sonar devices, sound waves from boats, and oil rigs that are really loud. This can cause the animals to have mass strandings, reckless diving, being unable to find food, and have chronic stress. Abigail goes on to inform us that cruise ships have also done a great deal of damage to the ocean life. Since there are poor laws in place regarding the way they dispose of the waste from the ships, it all goes into the ocean untreated with many harmful bacteria, pathogens, and other stuff we dispose of.
Our environment had been endangered of becoming unsafe, threatening, and even deadly. “The water we drink, the food we eat, the very air that we breathe, are threatened with pollution. Our parks are overcrowded, our seashores overburdened. Green fields and dense forests are disappearing.” Johnson stresses that the health of people and environment is at risk because Americans have allowed for the destruction of nature to get out of hand, and causing both the Earth and human health at risk of becoming an ugly America, due to –as Johnson references- the “Ugly American” (“Great Society”). Less than a month after Johnson’s speech The Clean Air Act was passed and The Wilderness Act of 1964 was in action in efforts to control air pollution and protect land from destruction of human activity (“Major Great Society”).Johnson puts an emotional touch over the situation of nature and its importance towards his audience by saying, “And once man can no longer walk with beauty or wonder at nature his spirit will wither and his sustenance be wasted.” If Americans continue to pollution the environment will in turn become an element of disaster for the well-being of people and their surroundings (“Great
The wells the colonists made were risky because of the high chance of salt water intrusion. Also, you have to remember the human waste festering in the water, and even when the tides rush in it doesn’t move the waste out. Therefore, there could be diseases in the water, which could kill the colonists. Remember that the people in the 1600s could not filter water like we can so the colonists (because of the lack of freshwater) had to drink the contaminated water, which could lead to death. This is why I believe that one of the major factors of the colonists deaths is the environment.
We live in a world where marine life eat our trash, while at the same time, people go days without having something to eat. It is a sad but devastating reality. Everyday the world’s oceans continue to become a universal junkyard. Marine pollution continues to grow exponentially on the one resource that separates us from the rest of the universe. On land, there is a different problem.
It is also ruining the amazing marine biodiversity that South Africa has. Pollution not only comes from industrial sector such as oil companies, but also from littering and sewage. Plastic pollution is one of the types of pollution that effect the marine environment. It is impossible to give an accurate estimation of the amount of plastic that is being polluted into the ocean. However, in 1975 the global fishing fleet alone dumped approximately 135 400 tons of plastic fishing gear and 23 600 tons of synthetic packaging materials
This includes 86% sea turtles species and 44% of all sea birds species. Plastic pollution has impacted them with fatalities such as ingestion, starvation, suffocation and infections. Water bottle company 's shouldn 't take the blame for the pollution. I think that the people who litter and throw away their rubbish in the oceans are responsible for it. People who litter are harming the ocean and making it dirty that has cause a lot of animals to die.
Red Tide: How it affects Marine Life Red tide in Florida is a reoccurring problem that threatens marine life every year. Red tide in Florida waterways has a negative impact on marine life because it produces toxins that are harmful to marine species. It lessens the amount of oxygen in the water which ultimately leads to the migration and death of many different marine animals. Millions of dollars are poured into red tide research and prevention every year to help predict when and where a red tide is going to form. All the while, millions of dollars are being lost due to a drop in tourism and bans on fishing as red tide wreaks havoc on businesses and marine life.
Many people claim that desalination is an energy wasteful process, is extremely expensive and can damage the environment, particularly marine life. When the seawater is sucked in to be desalinated, plankton and fish and even birds can be sucked in and killed as well. When the salt water is extracted from the fresh water, the salty ‘brine’ is put back into the ocean where it sinks to the bottom because it is denser than normal sea water. This could have unknown consequences but because the process is so knew it is hard to tell how detrimental they will be. It is issues like that which have stopped a plant like this being built in the past.
These companies release toxic fumes into the air we breathe, and in some cases dump toxic waste into lakes and rivers directly affecting the environment, aiding to poor air quality and toxic water. According to the EPA Sumner County ranks between the 80-90% bracket for being the dirtiest/worst for having water sources with impaired or threatened uses. With the high levels of metals in the environment it is an environmental injustice. Not only are humans affected by toxic pollutants, these chemicals also pollute the homes of many fish and birds that claim home to the lakes and rivers of Sumner County. We have to make sure our fish and birds live in clean water so they can promote diversity in the
The Cause and Effects of the Oilfield The cause and effects of the oilfield are more disastrous than most people know. The oil boom is destroying small towns throughout America. The processes of fracking and drilling are destroying the earths water resources because the millions of gallons of water are being used and it can never be used again because it is contaminated. Drilling and fracking are more disastrous then most people might think. “It produces toxic chemicals in the air around the area they are fracking or drilling in.