The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Water Pollution

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Intro: Did you know that United States uses 25 % of the world 's natural resources, but produces 30% of the world 's waste? And that garbage dumped into the ocean each year equals to about 14 billion pounds? Our world is developing more and more everyday, making life easier for humans. While this is great, our environment is affected everyday by our human footprints, and the way we live. It is the main cause of pollution, and a huge issue to us as humans, and the environment around us. According to the World Wildlife Fund, “Many of the activities and products that make modern human life possible are polluting the world. Even places that are relatively untouched by 21st-century developments experience the effects of pollution”. Humans activities …show more content…
Our rivers lakes and oceans make up the homes for millions of animals. Water pollution has become such a big problem in the world, and as much as being done to help it, it continues to increase. One of the main issues of water pollution is trash, Each year, 14 billion pounds of garbage is dumped into the oceans. This causes huge destruction of marine life. It is such a big issue, that there is so much trash that our ocean currents carry it into a huge circle where it can 't escape, this is called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It is estimated to be the size of Texas, according to national geographic. Another huge aspect of water pollution are oil spills. Oil is a huge part of our world, and is essential for many parts of our daily lives. In 2010, the Deepwater horizon oil spill killed more than 2 million animals, wrecking the plants and organisms in the gulf waters (national geographic). This oil spill was devastating to our waters and land, and we are still affected by it today. If we didn 't have such a need for oil, we would have fewer chances of oil …show more content…
Like water pollution, land issues involve trash. Whether it is litter from humans or poor trash disposal collections, they harm can harm our environment. Landfills for the most part are a benefit to our world, but they do have negative environmental factors. Pollutants can leak from the landfills, harming plants and animals in surrounding areas. They can leak underground, affecting plants, or even ground water supplies. The next aspect of land pollution is not usually defined as actual land pollution, but it just as big as an issue. This is urbanization. As our population increases, we are required to create more resources within communities. This leads to deforestation, and shortage of necessary resources. When we cut down trees to create more housing and infrastructure, it causes loss of animals habitats, and climate change. It interrupts the water cycle, and causes lands to become desert like. The only solution to helping this is to stop cutting down

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