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Coastal Runoff: Litter

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Cristian Carrasco

on 19 December 2013

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Transcript of Coastal Runoff: Litter

Coastal Runoff: Litter
* Own personal choice!
* Lack of responsibility
* Litters sense of entitlement(feeling that others should clean up)

How does litter affect the biodiversity in an ecosystem?
*Litter can have harm several organisms and can have a great impact on ecosystems.
*Changing individual behavior is key to preventing litter.
*Help the community by picking up trash in nearby roads or parls.
Introduction to Cause
*Litter is trash, such as paper, cans, and bottles, that is left lying in an open or public place.
*It cost the U.S approximately $11.5B annually to clean up litter.
*Cigarette butts, snack wrappers and take-out food and beverage containers are the most commonly littered items.
*" Trash that Kills."
How does litter affect food webs in an ecosystem?
*small particles ingested by filter feeders like mussels and transfer from the gut to the tissue.
*concern with plastic micro particles and the adsorbed toxicants is that they might accumulate in tissue of marine animals.
*concentration of toxicants may impact the food web.
*potentially this is a risk for human health.
*Marine litter can effect the growth of plants in the sea.
*Marine animals mistake plastic for food and consume it and die.
* Most animals get caught I'm ropes and hunting nets.
*Causes health problems to the animals.
*Dead zones: areas in the ocean with no oxygen, marine plants and animals can't live there because of pollution.
*Over one million seagulls and one hundred thousand sea mammals are killed by litter every year.

By : Cristian Carrasco, Rosemary Corrales, Ruby Ocampo, Alyssa Gomez
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