oceanic pollution

npr.org
Guess What's Showing Up In Our Shellfish? One Word: Plastics
Scientists predict that plastic in the ocean will eventually outweigh the fish there. Where is it all coming from? And is it making our food unsafe? Researchers are trying to find the answers.

Really terrible. And the problem will only worsen bc there’s so much plastic in the ocean, and much of it hasn’t degraded yet. When it does, it’ll be easier for it to get caught up in the food chain, basically poisoning everything.

-sigh-

On the plus side, The Ocean Cleanup Project is testing it’s next phase prototype now. With any luck, they’ll start making a dent in that problem in the next few years.

But what we really need is more research and regulation. Good thing our current commander in chief recognizes the importance of this… *facepalm*

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A Tasty Solution 

Saltwater Brewery created an answer to floating plastic six pack rings harming the ocean environment and its creatures. Their rings are edible and made from wheat and barley leftover from the beer making process. It’s a great way for the brewery to cut back on waste product and provides a snack for fish and other sea dwelling animals. If more companies recycled like this maybe we could cut down on the amount of garbage polluting our waters daily.

Kudos, Saltwater Brewery.

The gods are among us.

Zeus drinks himself half to death at the bar. He makes bedroom eyes at every pretty girl to walk in the room. They will clutch their cans of mace a little tighter as they walk home tonight.

Aphrodite helps a beaten girl to her feet, holding her tight as her young body is racked with sobs. Artemis stands nearby, preparing to hunt the thief of this young girl’s innocence. These are the only hunts she participates in anymore.

Athena glares at Ares as bloody knuckles and booted feet connect with battered bodies between them. The fight clubs are their temples now.

Dionysus stands behind a bar, serving drinks to rowdy men and pretty girls. Later, he will be found holding back the hair of girls, too young for the drinks they swallowed, as they vomit the concoctions they drank to forget the pain in the world. Dionysus understands and so he drinks more than anyone, if only to forget the suffering that has filled his immortal life.

Hestia mourns the numerous broken homes. She puts extra effort in protecting the scant few happy families left. So Hestia has created a home for those lost and abandoned, for she too knows how it feels to be cast out by the family who should have loved you unconditionally. She understands what it feels like to be adrift and homeless.

Apollo sits on a busy, crowded street, strumming his guitar and singing a song of loss and pain. He uses poetry and music to mourn the pain in the world. He berates himself constantly, because for every life he saves, ten more are extinguished. He has stopped visiting hospitals because he can’t help but feel his efforts are futile. He hasn’t seen his sister in years, and he misses her most at night, when he can see her beloved stars and moon.

Hermes slumps in a chair, exhausted from the horror gracing the human news. He decides he is no longer deserving of the title “messenger of the gods,” since he hasn’t delivered a message in centuries. Not when the gods no longer keep in touch. So he reverts to his favorite pastime: stealing. But what use is mortal money to a god?

Hera sits in the shadows of a bar and struggles to summon the dredges of the vindictive, jealous anger that used to come so easily to her when she saw her husband with another woman. Hera thinks that perhaps in this modern world, she would do better as the goddess of divorce. Because, really, how can she profess that marriage is the best gift the world has to offer when she can’t even keep her husband in her bed? When he doesn’t even bother pretending that he loves her? Yes, goddess of failed marriages has such a lovely, miserable ring to it.

Poseidon wanders the beach, picking up the scattered trash that poisons his domain. His tears mix with the salt water on his cheeks and he weeps for the suffering of his oceans. He feels the pollution like a phantom pain, and he scoffs at himself, full of loathing for the god of the sea who could not protect his oceans from mortals.

Hades lounges in his extravagant mansion, smiling at his lovely wife curled at his side. Blessed is he, for there will always be death, and mortals will always worship his riches. Of all his siblings, Hades, the scorned brother, cursed to rule the underworld, is the only one to still enjoy immortality.

Persephone is as beautiful as ever and she is happy with her loving husband who always joins her in her protests, right alongside her as she weeps for for the dying of this earth, as she cries herself to sleep at night when she thinks of all the loss of nature’s beauty and life. This world is suffering and she is the only one to hear its cries. They haunt her dreams.

Hecate flips the sign on the window to say closed. She longs for days gone by when people knew the truth. Magic is very real. Instead, she has to smile politely while customers come to her store to purchase items they know not how to use and religious men preach about how witchcraft is a sin, and she will burn in hell. Hecate does not care. She is as immortal as magic.

Cupid narrows his eyes with scorn every time he hears the word love fly from the lips of people who do not understand the meaning of the word. Though who is he to judge them when all his matchmaking attempts end in failure. Perhaps the mortals simple do not want him to decide who they love. Perhaps it is their turn to choose.

Athena prowls through college campuses, holding signs high in protect with the students around her. These fearless children are her people. She scoffs at the professors who are simply going through the motions, who fail to appreciate the brilliant minds all around them. She never fails to notice.

Ares picks his way across a battlefield and finds himself at the ruins of what used to be an elementary school. He no longer understands war, hasn’t for centuries. This was not brave, this was not heroic. This was senseless bloodshed. He sees nothing holy in this ruined world.

Aphrodite swallows the bile in her throat as she hears another rapist has been left free. She glares daggers at boys yelling obscene things at women. She’s long stopped romanticizing love. However, sometimes she sees a young girl handing over her baby to an older couple who tried for years, and she remembers what she once represented. Sometimes she sees Ares across the room of soldiers returning from the horrors of war, and as they embrace the loved ones they left behind, she smiles at him.

Artemis takes her role as protector of young women seriously. There’s a gun tucked into her waistband and a switchblade in her pocket. She can’t save them all, so she has also become an avenging goddess. She can be found in the streets or at battered women’s shelters, preparing for the next hunt.

The gods are dying. The gods wish they were dead. Is immortality a blessing or a curse?

—  The gods were always too human for their divinity (inspired by the writings of @crossroadsbela )

If you care about the the oceans and all the life therein or if you are more self-centered, maybe just like seafood, pay attention!

How did that get there? Plastic chunks on Arctic ice show how far pollution has spread

A British-led expedition has discovered sizeable chunks of polystyrene lying on remote frozen ice floes in the middle of the Arctic Ocean.

The depressing find, only 1,000 miles from the north pole, is the first made in an area that was previously inaccessible to scientists because of sea ice. It is one of the most northerly sightings of such detritus in the world’s oceans, which are increasingly polluted by plastics.

Estimates suggest that there are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating on the surface of the world’s oceans. It has been claimed that there is now enough plastic to form a permanent layer in the fossil record. Dr Ceri Lewis, scientific adviser to the expedition based at the University of Exeter, has previously warned that people produce around 300 million tons of plastic a year, roughly the same weight as all the humans on the planet. Around half of all plastic produced is used once and then thrown away.

A significant concern is that large plastic pieces can break down into “microplastics– tiny particles that are accidentally consumed by filter-feeding animals. The particles remain in animals’ bodies and are passed up the food chain, threatening wildlife at all levels from zooplankton to apex predators such as polar bears. In an attempt to gauge the presence of microplastics in Arctic waters, the scientists intend to test samples of seawater they collected in nets with holes smaller than a millimetre across.

Plastic pollution on an ice floe in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. Photograph: Conor McDonnell

washingtonpost.com
France becomes the first country to ban plastic plates and cutlery
The ban, to take effect in 2020, is part of a program aimed at making France a model for reducing environmental waste.

Another great step in the right direction to reduce single-use plastics and plastic pollution in the ocean!

Why Should I Care For the Oceans?

We’ve all heard it:

“Why does it matter if we overfish tuna? It tastes so good!”

“If the oceans dried up tomorrow, why would I care? I live 500miles away from any body of water!”

The thing is, without the oceans, we would all be dead. Our planet would probably look like Mars. There would be no freshwater, no food for us to eat, no suitable climate for us to survive.

(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Whether you live by the coast, or only see the ocean once a year on holiday, the ocean has an impact on your life. Every breath you take, every food or drinks you have… is thanks to our oceans. Every single individual and living being on this planet is deeply connected, and extremely dependent upon our seas.

The oceans regulates climate, weather, and temperature. They act as carbon dioxide ‘sinks’ from the atmosphere. They hold 97% of the Earth’s water. They govern our Earth’s chemistry; all the microbes and microscopic organisms at the very bottom of the food chain support our own existence. The oceans are also crucial for our economies, health and security.

(Photo credit: Brian Skerry)

The past generations have been raised with the idea that the ocean is huge (and it is) and resilient, and that we could basically take from or put into the oceans as much as we wanted. Now, we found out that we cant go on this way. This mentality is part of our problem and it needs to change.

While we have made tremendous discoveries about the oceans over the last few decades, we have also caused more destruction to the sea than ever before. Many fisheries stocks are overfished, catastrophic fishing techniques are destroying the habitats and depleting populations, many marine species are on the verge of extinction, coral reefs are dying, pollution run-offs from agricultural farms are creating dead-zones where nothing can grow or live, millions of gallons of oil have devastated the Gulf of Mexico, bigger and faster container ships create noise pollution for marine mammals and endangers them…The list goes on, and on. We have had so much impact that we have actually changed the pH of the oceans! 

Pretty overwhelming, uh? 

So yes, you should care, because if the oceans crash, we as a species are crashing with them. The entire planet Earth will be gone. And if that’s not enough of a wake-up call for you, I don’t know what else could be!

While all the current marine conservation issues appear huge and insurmountable, there is still hope. Each individual can make a difference now. YOU can make better choices about which fish to consume (or not at all!) and ask about the way they were caught or raised, YOU can encourage sustainable fishing practices, YOU can decide not to use fertilizer or pesticides in your backyard, YOU can bring your own reusable bag to the grocery store and stop using plastics, YOU can stop using products with microbeads, YOU can participate in beach clean-ups, YOU can start your own research and discover even more awesome things about the oceans… YOU can spread the word to your skeptic friends! Have people follow in your footsteps; inspire your friends and family. Be the change :) !

(Photo source: Flickr)

“If you want to have an impact on history and help secure a better future for all that you care about, be alive now” - Sylvia Earle

theguardian.com
We could end up with 'as much plastic in our oceans as fish'

The head of Ocean Conservancy says a burgeoning middle class and low recycling rates could lead to not-even-remotely-acceptable levels of trash washed out to sea.

Yikes! How scary is that? Everybody can make little changes in their daily lives to reduce the amount of plastic they use. Here are a few tips that I’ve covered on the blog:

- What YOU can do to reduce the use of plastic, and that includes recycling, bringing reusable totes and produce bags to the store, drinking from a reusable water bottle, and participate in beach clean-ups!

- Avoid purchasing products that contain microplastics. Microplastic particles and microbeads are most often made of Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and Nylon. PE and PP are the most common found in cosmetics and bath products.

- Avoid releasing plastic balloons and lanterns

- Feature on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and what is being done about it

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The Butterfly Snail (Limacina helicina) is a species of predatory swimming marine snail. They are a keystone species within Arctic pelagic ecosystems and are currently under serious threat.

They are being impacted by Ocean Acidification, due to pollution the ocean waters are becoming too acidic for survival. The corrosive waters off the West Coast of the U.S are dissolving the shells of these unique creatures and inevitably killing them. The decline of these will have major flow on effects to major marine ecosystems.

For every pound of tuna we fish from of the ocean, we are now putting back two pounds of plastic. This is a transfer ratio that we cannot continue to sustain.
—  UCSB marine scientist Douglas McCauley
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Fitzroy  Navy Rhum brand, ‘From Waste to Wasted,’

Washed-up Coca-Cola labels Used for Sustainable Rum Labels !

During January of 2017 the Dutch beaches of the North Sea Islands were being polluted with red Coca-Cola wrappers.

Fitzroy decided to recycle and reuse them to create their own special blend. By melting and pressing waste from the North Sea, they produced bottle caps.

Together with the new flasks which are made of recycled glass from the same watery expanse, Fitzroy created world’s first sustainable liquor packaging.

With the first sustainable rum label, Fitzroy wants to inspire others to think of new options to reuse waste, so we can all contribute in our own way to restoring our environment.

v-taehyung  asked:

Your mermaid BTS series is the cutest thing I've ever read in my life 😭 When you have time and would like to, could I possibly request a Jimin version please and thank you? 😊

find others: hoseok | namjoon | taehyung 

  • jimin is a rather shy mermaid, whose never really gotten the chance to explore and partake in mischief like taehyung or hoseok 
  • he’s always liked swimming around the familiar areas of the ocean, gazing at the pretty fish and other creatures, picking shells up from the shallower sands in the water
  • as much as he likes to sunbathe,,,,,which namjoon and yoongi never understand,,,,,he’s too timid to do it alone - other mermaids are always gossiping about how scary and vicious humans can be so he’s always nervous about being spotted
  • even though hoseok is always trying to convince him of the funny ways in which humans really act
  • his tail coloring is really really pretty - it’s a vibrant yellow with wedges of red and orange splashed between his scales
  • his ears have been pierced multiple times and are adorned with shell jewelry made by his family and himself
  • a lot of the younger mermaids like jimin a lot because of his caring personality and the way he looks so pretty wearing a crown of corals and his scales look like they’re made of straight up sunshine
  • he’s also seen being followed by different aquatic animals, from clown fish to dolphins
  • you’re actually doing some research in the waters where jimin lives, you’re a deep sea diver whose been trying to take photos of the underwater life
  • and one afternoon as you’re swimming around, trying to find any new reefs or fish to snap photos of
  • you catch the end of a long, yellow tail
  • exited by the prospect of getting a pretty picture of whatever that large fish is, you quickly swim after it
  • at first, jimin doesn’t notice you - but he figures out something must be wrong since the fish around him begin to scatter and hide
  • turning around, he almost makes you drop your equipment
  • and jimin’s usual smile is replaced with a look of utter shock
  • staring at one and other,,,neither of you moves a muscle
  • you’re shocked,,,,the person before you is,,,,most definitely not human
  • not with those gills, that large tail, and the bare toned chest that is adorned in what looks like necklaces made of the most beautiful collection of shells you’ve ever seen
  • jimin swallows, slowly beginning to turn in hopes of darting off through the water away from you
  • but you act first, desperately you bring up your camera to take a photo 
  • jimin manages to swim off when you’re done,,,,,but that evening when you’re out of the water and sitting in your bedroom you stare at the photo
  • his face looks like that of a prince from a fairy tail, something so enchanting yet so pure
  • the next day you go out into the water, get your diving gear, and clutch the string of pearls you’d decided to take with you as a peace offering - setting out to find the mermaid once more
  • you spend a long time looking for that yellow tail, and just when everything seems futile you spot him 
  • slowly, not to startle him you swim over and jimin turns around just before you can reach out to tap his shoulder
  • the same look of shock paints his features, but before he can escape you open your outstretched hand and reveal the necklace
  • curiously jimin eyes it, you try to smile - which is hard with your breathing tube but it seems to come across
  • jimin cautiously takes the strand from your hand, smiling as he looks at it closer
  • since you can’t speak underwater, you motion to the surface 
  • it’s a risk to see if jimin will follow you or not,,,,,,but the gift seems to gain his trust and he swims up to the top of the water as you do too
  • once you’re up, you take out the tube and pull your goggles up off your eyes
  • seeing jimin out of the muggy waters,,,,,,,,,is an experience 
  • for a moment you forget what you wanted to say, but jimin speaks first
  • “you won’t hurt me,,,,,,right?”
  • you shake your head “no, no never.”
  • his shoulders seem to relax and you see jimin eye the nearby shore,,,,since it’s early morning it’s empty and you ask “do you want to go over there?”
  • he seems to be shy about getting caught looking,,,,it’s just he’s never been on the shore without taehyung or jungkook or hoseok
  • but you seem nice enough,,,,so he agrees
  • of course he gets their first - your swimming is nothing compared to his and when you drag yourself onto the sand you’re so out of breath that it makes jimin giggle
  • you sit close enough to the shore that the waves still tickle your feet and jimin lays beside you
  • “,,,,,,,,i can’t believe mermaids are real.”
  • you say first and jimin plays with the string of pearls, looking at you with inoccent eyes
  • “i can’t believe a human is so nice,,,”
  • you scrunch up your nose “we’re not too bad,,,,,,,except we totally are polluting the ocean”
  • “polluting?”
  • you figure that word might not be in a mermaids vocabulary so you shrug it off and look at jimin’s tail
  • in the sunlight it looks like it’s shimmering, like gold
  • for a good while you and jimin just,,,talk,,,,
  • well you mostly question him about what mermaid life is all about and he answers,,,,but you’re happy to see that he’s comfortable with you around
  • when the time starts reaching 9 you warn jimin that people are going to come out onto the beach
  • he decides to leave and you follow till you’re waist deep in the water and jimin puts out his hand to give you the string of pearls back
  • “it’s yours!!” you smile and jimin blinks,,,,, “a-are you sure?”
  • you nod, giving him a thumbs up which he looks at quizzically before copying you
  • “hehe cute!!” you exclaim and jimin’s cheeks turn a rosy pink, ,,, cute,,,,,,, a human has never called him that before ,,, 
  • “yo-you’re – c-cute too!”
  • jimin’s voice rises a bit as he says it and you giggle telling him that he doesn’t have to be polite and return the compliment
  • but jimin pouts and adds that he means it
  • he pulls one of the shelled necklaces off of his neck and drapes it around yours with a smile that makes his eyes into cute half moons
  • “to remember the sea!” 
  • you touch it, warmed by his gesture and look into his eyes that sparkle of light brown
  • “oh - i never asked your name!” 
  • he points to himself “jimin.” and then points to you as you say your name
  • he repeats it out loud and you give him another thumbs up that jimin copies this time with confidence
  • with that he waves, diving back into the water and you touch the shells around your neck wondering if you’ll see him again 
  • when jimin comes back, hoseok asks where he got the pearls and jimin toys with them before gleefully repeating your name
  • hoseok wiggles his eyebrows “do you like this person? i thought you didn’t like humans?”
  • jimin blushes, making up an excuse about wanting to visit some of his fish friends to get away from hoseok’s teasing gaze because ok so what maybe he does like humans,,, well one human,,, 
Mermaid internet

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Mandy Barker, “Beyond Drifting”

The Book features pollution collected recently on the shores of Ireland, but photographed as if under a 19th-century microscope.

“Aureplia Auristrice. Specimen collected from Blackrock shoreline, Cove of Cork, Ireland (Shoe sole)” 

“Balaplus Aforastuic. Specimen collected from Cobh Shoreline, Cove of Cork (Plastic bag)”

“Nebulae Plaurosbrathic. Specimen collected from Carrigaloe estuary, Cove of Cork, Ireland (Plastic flower, partially burnt (group))”

“Ophelia Medustica. Specimen collected from Glouthaune shoreline, Cove of Cork, Ireland (Pram wheel)”

“Phoronilasteri Crae. Specimen collected from Whitepoint, Cobh shoreline, Cove of Cork, Ireland (Tricycle wheel)”

“Poletastae Nipliuc. Specimen collected from Whitepoint, Cobh shoreline, Cove of Cork, Ireland (Container base)”

“Psammelas Iteusic. Specimen collected from Dunkettle Interchange, Ireland (Industrial coil)” 

Courtesy the artist.