1000 tonnes of TBT would kill all life in the Oceans, yet we make more than 30,000 tonnes a year and it cant be recycled

 

The world manufactures 30,000 tonnes a year of organic tin as a plasticiser used in PVC,  as a biocide in cooling towers, as a catalyst in organic chemistry, it is still even used as antifouling paint on the hull of container ships. If 1000 tonnes were to dissolve into the oceans all at the one time, it will kill all marine life...everywhere. Plastic is building up in ocean sediment, micro-plastics and nanoplastics are adsorbed by marine life, it all ends up back in the food chain and in people.  What Goes Around Comes Around, all marine life and people, now contain nano plastic and priority chemicals including organic tin. We have basically destroyed our envirtonment, the chemical bomb has exploded, but nobody is paying attetion, the focus has been on CO2 emmissions.

Toxic priority chemicals adsorbed onto hydrophobic nano particles such as plastic, from washing your fleece and zeolites used in washing up detergents, concentrate the priority chemicals and inject them into bacteria, algae and plankton.  We depend upon the oceanic food chain for our very survival, it is being destroyed and few people actually know it is happening.  We have around 25 years before a cascade failure, and if we lose the marine ecosystem, the terrestrial system will follow.

Toxic Chemicals, Micro Plastics, Ocean Acidification and Climate Change

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We are marine biologists dedicated to helping protect the Oceans because if we lose the Oceans the terrestrial ecosystem will also collapse. We are very close to allowing this to happen.

Europe manufactures 200,000 tonnes a year of toxic priority chemicals that are deemed too toxic to expose to humans or to enter the environment. Yet many thousands of tonnes are discharged into rivers and the seas, and it is not even monitored. Around the world the input of these chemicals is huge. We depend up the oceans for to to 90% of our oxygen and CO2 fixation, yet we may have lost 40% of the ability of the oceans to perform this task since the 1950’s and the chemical revolution. NASA reports that we are now losing 1% of ocean life every year!

It is unbelievable that the problems have been almost completely ignored. However when you project the rate of change of Ocean pH using data from the IPCC, we will achieve a pH of 7.9 to 7.95 over the next 25 to 50 years. There will the be a trophic cascade failure of the marine ecosystem and we lose all fish, whales, seals, seabirds and the food supply for over 1.5 billion people and climate change will accelerate at 5 times the rate. This is not speculation, it is going to happen unless we act now to curb not only the burning of fossil fuels but the discharge or toxic chemicals.

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'Extraordinary' levels of pollutants found in 10km deep Mariana trench

Newcastle University marine science department have discovered “extraordinary” levels of toxic pollution in the most remote and inaccessible place on the planet – the 10km deep Mariana trench in the Pacific Ocean.

Small crustaceans that live in the pitch-black waters of the trench, captured by a robotic submarine, were contaminated with 50 times more toxic chemicals than crabs that survive in heavily polluted rivers in China.

“We still think of the deep ocean as being this remote and pristine realm, safe from human impact, but our research shows that, sadly, this could not be further from the truth,” said Alan Jamieson of Newcastle University in the UK, who led the research.

“The fact that we found such extraordinary levels of these pollutants really brings home the long-term, devastating impact that mankind is having on the planet,” he said.

Jamieson’s team identified two key types of severely toxic industrial chemicals that were banned in the late 1970s, but do not break down in the environment, known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). These chemicals have previously been found at high levels in Inuit people in the Canadian Arctic and in killer whales and dolphins in western Europe.

The research, published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, suggests that the POPs infiltrate the deepest parts of the oceans as dead animals and particles of plastic fall downwards. POPs accumulate in fat and are therefore concentrated in creatures up the food chain. They are also water-repellent and so stick to plastic waste.