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This Photo From a “Litter Island” is Appalling

Written by Luis Flores · Translated by Gabriela García Calderón On 8 June 2014 @ 16:00 pm | No Comments

In Citizen Media, Environment, Quick Reads, Spain, Western Europe

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Image [1] by tedxgp2 [2] on flickr, used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic licence (CC BY-NC 2.0) [3]

Rut Abrain [4] [es], biologist and the author behind Esturirafi [5] [es], shares her concern for the plastic islands [6], caused by wasted materials from human populations. The note [7] [es] mentions the problems this causes to the environment:

[Los] plásticos se degradan y se convierten en fragmentos más y más pequeños. Los animales marinos que viven cerca de la superficie, confunden estos fragmentos con comida y el plástico acaba formando parte de la cadena alimentaria. En algunos casos provocándoles problemas hormonales o la muerte. Finalmente, estos minúsculos fragmentos de plástico acaban en nuestro organismo.

Plastics deteriorate and become smaller and smaller fragments. Marine animals who live near the surface think these fragments are food and plastic ends up as part of the food chain. In some cases, this causes [the animals] hormonal problems or death. Lastly, those tiny plastic fragments end up in our bodies.

The blogger also reminds us about the importance of Reducing, Recycling and Reusing [8] to reduce our impact on the planet.

This post was part of the fifth #LunesDeBlogsGV [9] [Monday of blogs on GV] on June 2, 2014.

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[1] Image: https://www.flickr.com/photos/55368922@N03/5143679378/

[2] tedxgp2: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tedxgp2/

[3] Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic licence (CC BY-NC 2.0): https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

[4] Rut Abrain: http://esturirafi.blogspot.com.es/p/sobre-mi_16.html

[5] Esturirafi: http://esturirafi.blogspot.com.es/

[6] plastic islands: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Pacific_garbage_patch

[7] note: http://esturirafi.blogspot.com.es/2014/06/una-isla-de-plastico.html

[8] Reducing, Recycling and Reusing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waste_hierarchy

[9] #LunesDeBlogsGV: http://es.globalvoicesonline.org/2014/04/30/comparte-tus-posts-con-global-voices-lunesdeblogsgv/

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