Marine life harmed most by plastic in Florida

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Marine Life Harmed Most By Plastic In Florida

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A recent report from the International oceanic advocacy group, Oceana, has identified Florida as having more wildlife incidents by plastics pollutions in the ocean than anywhere else in the United States.

Ocean’s report revealed the evidence of nearly 1800 marine animals becoming dishevelled in or swallowing plastic wreckages in the ocean dating back to 2009. Of those 1800 animals, 88% are listed as either threatened or vulnerable.

Sea turtles, manatees, and other marine life off the coast of Florida made up 55% of the animals who were battered or slain by plastic pollution in the report.

“Looking through more than 300 cases of the way plastic is excruciatingly going through these animals is just actually a sad story,” Kim Warner, a senior scientist with Oceana, said.

Warner would continue to say that she also believes the bottlenose dolphin population in Florida swallows a substantial amount of plastic as well. It is harder to study; however, since most dolphins die in the ocean where their bodies are not able to be collected.

The Environmental Protection Agency, however, speaks that the plastics off the beach of Florida are the fault of other countries.

“60% of the world’s marine litter comes from six Asian countries,” Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler said from the White House in 2019.

The EPA also released its plan to address marine pollution. The plan stated they would be looking to stop other countries from “making our oceans into their landfills.”

“The United States has some of the most attractive coastlines and oceans in the world, and the coastlines are implausible,” President Trump is quoted as saying in the EPA’s plan. “As president, I will continue to do everything I can to stop other nations from making our oceans into their landfills.”

recent report proposes that the United States plays a far greater role in marine plastic pollution than the EPA is signifying it does, however. This report addressed that the United States generates the most plastic waste of any country on the planet.

Co-author of the report and director of Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas program, Nick Mallos, commented on the USA’s role in oceanic plastic pollution.

“The United States produces the most plastic waste of any other country in the world, but rather than identifying the problem in the eye, we have delegated it to the developing countries and become a top giver to the ocean plastics crisis,” said Mallos.

“The resolution has to start at home. We need to generate less, by cutting out needless single-use plastics; we need to make better, by creating innovative new ways to package and carry goods; and where plastics are unavoidable, we need to improve our recycling rates.”

To Read: What is the Climate Action Summit?

The Climate Action Summit is over. Some 70 Heads of Government, along with local and city leaders, and heads of major businesses, have delivered a series of new measures, policies and plans, aimed at making a big hollow in greenhouse gas emissions, and ensuring that the warming of the planet is limited to 1.5°C. 

The number of states coming frontward with reinforced national climate plans (NDCs) grew remarkably today, with commitments covering some of the top emitters globally on display.

The UK, which is organizing next year’s UN Climate Conference, declared that it aims to cut emissions by 68%, compared to 1990 levels, within the next five years, and the European Union bloc committed to a 55% cut over the same time dated.

At least 24 states announced new pledges, strategies or plans to reach carbon neutrality, and several states set out how they are going even more, with resolute dates to reach net-zero: Finland by 2035, Austria by 2040 and Sweden by 2045.

Pakistan declared that its sparring plans for new coal power plants, India will soon more than double its renewable energy target, and China committed to increasing the share of non-fossil fuel in primary energy consumption to around 25% by 2030. 

About Zulker Naeen

Climate Journalist

Zulker Naeen is a South Asia Fellow at Climate Tracker. With three years of working experience, he has developed courses with the support of other Climate Tracker staff.

As a young climate advocate, his fellowship aims to share knowledge of climate change. Climate Tracker is a global media network closely works on Climate Change.

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