Oceans cover 71% of our planet’s surface and make up 95% of all the space available to live.
The rolling waves, glassy stillness, or frosty ice we see on the ocean’s surface hide an amazing variety of underwater worlds.
There´s a rich biodiversity in our Oceans. Life began in the oceans, and continues to thrive (gedeihen) in its diverse habitats. With as many as 100 million species. And new species are being discovered all the time.
The oceans also have a huge influence on us. They produce 70% of our oxygen, absorb heat and dominate the world's weather systems.
The oceans have also shaped human history, culture, and lives - and continue to do so.
We lay on their beaches, swim in their waves, dive in the oceans to see wonderful secret places, send our goods /Güter) and raw materials across their surface, and mine (abbauen) their mineral- and oil-rich floors.
Now to the problem:
Our Oceans are overfished, polluted, carelessly abused and destroyed, and much more fragile (zerbrechlich/schwach) and complex than we once thought … So the largest living space on Earth is fast deteriorating (verschlechtern).
This doesn’t just threaten (bedroht) marine habitats and species - many of which have only recently been discovered - but also our own health, way of life, and security.
Today we want to show you what we´ve found out about „Waste in our Ocean“.
Over 80% of marine pollution comes from land-based activities.
Most of the waste we produce on land eventually (schließlich) reaches the oceans, either through deliberate (bewusst) dumping (Entsorgung) or t.....[read full text]
Microplastics is in many cosmetics, through the runoff channels they get to the ocean. There is 6 times more plastic in the sea than plankton. There the marine animals mistakes it with plankton and it´s the same problem as with „normal“ garbage.
Almost every marine organism is contaminated with man-made chemicals, such as pesticides and chemicals used in common consumer products.
Some of these chemicals enter the sea through deliberate dumping. For centuries, the oceans have been a convenient (geeignet/praktisch) dumping ground for waste generated on land. This mindset ended not until the 1970s.
People become contaminated either directly from household products or by eating contaminated .....