Ocean pollution oil spills
Pollution — from oil spills, coal plants as well as other resources — can adversely influence the fitness of the oceans and the animals and individuals whom be determined by them. Oceana is working to end sea pollution from all of these resources being protect marine biodiversity and variety.
The vast oceans behave as a significant carbon sink, taking in about one-third of carbon-dioxide emissions. Climate-changing fumes from offshore oil as well as other fossil fuels are changing ocean biochemistry, saturating the oceans with skin tightening and and making them increasingly acidic.
Acidification is already leading to the degradation of red coral reef habitats and adversely affecting some commercially crucial fisheries, like shellfish. Oceana advocates for clean power, like windpower — and specifically for power which comes from the sea — being reduce climate-changing fumes and also the impact of sea acidification and environment modification on our seas.
The ever-increasing level of livestock, lifted to produce the skyrocketing interest in beef, can be adding to climate change. Cow and other livestock release vast quantities of methane gas, that is an even more potent environment switching gas than co2. Plus, cattle, pigs as well as other animals raised for meat produce a large amount of waste and need a lot of freshwater and land. Oceana is advocating for fisheries reform around the globe that will lessen the reliance upon livestock for animal protein by simply making oceans and fish and shellfish much more abundant and plentiful.
Offshore drilling increases the risk of toxic exposure from oil contamination to wildlife and coastal communities, and contributes to economic losses and climate change. Offshore drilling operations are a source of insidious leaks, and catastrophic spills and blowouts. Oceana is opposed to offshore oil drilling in unique and fragile ecosystems, such as the Arctic and Belize, where even a small oil spill could have significant consequences.
Our oceans additionally face multiple threats for their wellness because pollution from aquaculture, coal-burning, land-based runoff, plastics, shipping air pollution and my own tailings. Industrial plants continue to launch poisonous chemical compounds into the oceans. And, energy flowers are sited adjacent to the oceans (and also straight alongside marine reserves) where they exude polluting of the environment, plus pump super-heated water and anti-fouling chemical compounds into the seas. Oceana is campaigning to stop the siting of manufacturing and energy flowers in Chile and in other places.