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The Five Biggest Threats to Our Oceans in 2020

The Five Biggest Threats to Our Oceans in 2020

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Oil Drilling and Pipelines

Regrettably, we have learnt precious little from oil-related catastrophes, such as Deepwater Horizon and Exxon Valdez, as oil spills continue to happen with alarming regularity. In 2019 alone, we witnessed the Northeast Brazil oil spill, as well as the Keystone Pipeline leak, which saw indigenous protestors come out in force. Oil spills only actually account for 10% of marine oil pollution, with the rest coming largely from shipping and oil drilling. Our dependence on oil is killing fish, mammals and seabirds and is destroying entire ecosystems. Although marine oil pollution has decreased in recent decades, decisive action is needed to combat this issue.

Solutions

  • Go sustainable – use electric cars, switch to solar power, turn your heating down, choose petroleum-free beauty products
  • Make your voice heard – political scrutiny can force corporations to change harmful policies

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