Key Events in Marine Pollution
Marine pollution began to kick off during this time because the Romans were unaware of the effects of marine pollution. Their water was polluted with raw sewage that was a catalyst for many diseases to spread such as cholera and typhoid across the world.
Water pollution became a major concern once again as the industrial revolution progressed. There were many factories and businesses that found waterways convenient for disposing waste.
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Antibiotics and pesticides were created and saved millions of lives but caused environmental damage along the way. Bi-products from these substances seeped into the groundwater or were dumped off where they were left to cause wildlife die-offs. The chemicals were also blamed for increasing rates of cancers, birth defects, and lower IQs.
This same year, Rachel Carson, an American biologist, wrote an expose informing people of the true harms of pesticides. This expose began an environmental movement.
The Clean Water Act (CWA) is put into place. "The CWA prohibits pollutants' discharge into navigable waterways, and there is no doubt it has improved water quality in the United States considerably."
Deepwater Horizon is known as the largest oil spill in history. The oil poured into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days and 200,000,000 gallons of oil was spilled in total. Eleven people were killed and countless marine life were harmed.
of theworld’s wastewater flows back into the environment untreated.
there will be more pounds of plastic than fish.
Scientists predict that by