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Man’s Impact on the Environment

Water pollution

Plastic pollution poses one of the biggest known threats to the ocean, influencing all ecosystems from beautiful coral reefs to abyssal trenches, eventually accumulating in our own food


Harmful algal blooms, dead zones, and fish kills are the results of a process called eutrophication—which begins with the increased load of nutrients to estuaries and coastal waters.

Oil spills

We’ve been using our planet’s rivers, lakes and oceans to ship crude oil from place to place since the beginning of oil, and while this is an effective way to transport large quantities of petroleum, the method runs the risk of oil spills—events that have wreaked havoc on marine ecosystems.