Ocean pollution occurs when harmful effects result from the entry into the ocean of chemicals, particles, industrial, agricultural and residential waste, noise, or the spread of invasive organisms. Eighty percent of marine pollution comes from land.
Covering more than 70 percent of our planet, oceans are among the earth’s most valuable natural resources. They govern the weather, clean the air, help feed the world, and provide a living for millions.
We’re bombarding them with pollution. By their very nature with all streams flowing to rivers, all rivers leading to the sea, the oceans are the end point for so much of the pollution we produce on land, however far from the coasts we may be.
From dangerous carbon emissions to choking plastic to leaking oil to constant noise, the types of ocean pollution humans generate are vast. As a result, collectively, our impact on the seas is degrading their health at an alarming rate. We’re drowning marine ecosystems in trash, noise, oil, and carbon emissions.