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Let Dianna Cohen Explain You What’s Wrong With Our Oceans

Great Pacific Garbage Patch, North Pacific Ocean
Balazs Gardi, April 11, 2013

Plastic pollution generated on land flows into and accumulates in our oceans. One of the 11 major oceanic gyres worldwide is the North Pacific Gyre, or as most commonly known the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, spans an area roughly twice the size of the United States.

“Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are organic compounds that are resistant to environmental degradation through chemical, biological, and photolytic processes. Because of this, they have been observed to persist in the environment, to be capable of long-range transport, bioaccumulate in human and animal tissue, biomagnify in food chains, and to have potential significant impacts on human health and the environment”

− Wikipedia

New Zealand’s Dirty Secret

Awhitu Peninsula, New Zealand
December 25, 2012

Although New Zealand is well-known for its pristine nature and plentiful water resources the majority of its water systems are becoming increasingly polluted due to agricultural run-off and mismanagement.