100 million marine animals die every year from plastic alone.
About 70% of the ocean garbage sinks to the sea floor.
By 2050, it's expected for sea levels to rise about 19in due to pollutions.
Research suggests that 52% of existing turtles have ingested plastic.
Earth's bodies of water serve as the foundation for most lifeforms that exist today. Unfortunately, the lack of maintenance and initiative to address increases in pollution is putting sea life at risk and our lives at risk. It is estimated that over half of the oxygen we breathe is generated by our oceans alone. That's a pretty big number. Aquari seeks to address patches of garbe and find a solution to issues like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Research suggests that 52% of existing turtles have ingested some sort of plastic. As a result, over 1,000 turtles die each year due to this issue. Why should you give this more consideration you ask? Sea turtles maintain and balance marine food webs and facilitate nutrient cycling from water to land. This is only one example of a marine animal that plays such a critical role in ocean wildlife. The magnitude is amplified as the effects of all sea creatures is considered.
Trash pollution is getting out of control. To put things into perspective, the 1.6 million square kilometers the Great Pacific Garbage Patch covers is about three times the size of France. That's insane. Unfortunately, that patch is only one of five massive patches found across the globe. Additional patches can be found in The Indian ocean Gyre, The South Atlantic Gyre, the South Pacific Gyre and the North Atlantic Gyre. Unfortunately, if no immediate action is taken, about 70% of the trash at these locations will sink to depths unreachable by man with current technologies.
Evidence in the last decade points to the environmental impact of the everyday convenience the modern world takes for granted. For example, because of climate change, the West Antarctic Ice Shelf is at risk of collapsing if we do not prevent global average warming from exceeding 2 degrees Celsius with respect to pre-industrial times (2). With unmitigated emissions from rapid manufacturing, in conjunction with ocean-level disrupting activities such as groundwater extraction, urbanization, tectonics, and river delta sedimentation, we can expect, by 2100, for sea levels to rise 1,8m, or about 6 feet (3). What does this entail? Coastal cities, internationally, along with cities one would not expect, will be gravely affected. An urgent example is Shanghai, China. By 2050, even, predictions demonstrate that it, along with cities around it will become flooded (5). Furthermore, Houston, Texas will be completely inundated by any tropical storm due to groundwater pumping (4).
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