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It's time for us to give up on single-use plastics!
Each year, around 8 million metric tons of plastics end up in our oceans. Microscopic plastic fibers are found in 83% of the worlds tap water and in 94% of tap water in the United States. The extent of the effects that micro-plastics have on the human body still are not completely understood. But plastics have been proven to disrupt the thyroid hormone axis which can lead to hypothyroidism while Bisphenol-A (BPA) can disrupt the production of sex hormones.
Some researchers suggest that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by weight. Sea turtles and other marine species have been found to contain large amounts of plastics in their stomachs. When this occurs the plastic blocks the animal's digestive tract and the animal typically starves. Large amounts of plastics have also been found in the stomachs of beached whales. This is only one example of how plastics kill wildlife. Entanglement, ingestion, and absorption are all common ways in which seabirds and marine life are killed due to plastics.
Australian researchers have observed corals in the Great Barrier Reef to be ingesting micro-plastics at only a slightly lower rate than their normal intake of phytoplankton. Corals get energy from photosynthesis of symbiotic algae living within their tissues. While more research is needed, it is feared that indigestible plastics occupying the corals' stomachs will cause mass coral deaths in conjunction with coral bleaching due to global warming. Corals provide incredibly important ecosystems for a vast amount of sea-life around the world.
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