The World 's Oceans By Oil Spills And Corroded Pipelines Essay

1206 Words Dec 5th, 2016 5 Pages
Among the fourteen billion pounds of garbage produced across the globe annually, only a mere one to two percent of it becomes recycled, leaving the rest to be littered across the world’s oceans. To make matters worse, our freshwater supply is also polluted by oil spills and corroded pipelines. As if that was not enough, everyday our air becomes a mixture of chemicals and other harsh air pollutants that result in more damage to the earth. For our convenience, we managed to package everything from household goods, to bottled drinks and depend on pipelines for our water source, however such luxury comes at the expense of mass pollution which puts the world’s oceans at risk especially. Although the situation may seem grim, these current circumstances can still be reversed. Due to its light-weight, cheap cost, long term strength and durability, the several past decades have uncontrollably used plastics for everything from packaging fast food, and transportation to industrial and agricultural areas in both rural and urban locations (Microbial Degradation of plastics). Such heavy use of plastic has taken a dangerous toll on the planet due to its rapidly elevating amount of plastic waste and pollution. The worldwide use of plastic increases at an alarming rate of 12% per year and to put this into perspective, an article published in the Journal of Biochemical Technology by authors Swapnil K. Kale, Amit G. Deshmukh*, Mahendra S. Dudhare, Vikram B. Patil, states that “Plastics are…

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