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Water and Oceans

Water, oceans, aquatic pollution, exploitation. Water use. Species loss and disorientation from extraction, shipping, mining and other human destructive activities

Sharks at unprecedented risk of extinction after 71 per cent decline
Numbers of oceanic sharks and rays have declined at what researchers describe as an “alarming” 71 per cent over almost half a century, leading to what researchers say is an unprecedented increase in risk of extinction. Conservationists have been warning for years about the unsustainable killing of the apex predators, based on regional reports and data on individual species, but a paper published today is the first to offer an authoritative global overview
Gray whales are starving and dying off at an alarming rate along the Pacific Coast
Scientists are not exactly sure why the whales are dying, but in a newly released study, published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series, researchers conclude it is likely a result of starvation due lack of prey, perhaps caused by warming Arctic waters where they feed. If that’s true, the concern is that mass die-offs like this may become more frequent in the future as waters continue to heat up due to human-caused climate change.
The Most Dangerous Single Source of Ocean Plastic No One Wants to Talk About
Did you give up eating fish for “Plastic Free July”? Chances are you probably didn’t, because no one told you the truth about where most of the plastic in our oceans comes from, and how our meal choices have contributed to it.
OCEAN POLLUTION: 11 FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW
So how does trash get into the ocean? It’s dumped, pumped, spilled, leaked and even washed out with our laundry. Each year, we expose the world’s waterways to an increasing variety of pollutants — plastic debris, chemical runoff, crude oil and more.