Some great stats a couple of weeks ago in the Big Issue on the impact of human activity on the world’s oceans and marine life. My favourite figures:
- Overfishing: The last 120 years has seen a 95% reduction in populations of big European fish such as halibut, ling and bluefin tuna.
- Oceans have absorbed 30% of carbon dioxide emissions since the beginning of the industrial revolution (1750).
- The amount of plastic washed up onto beaches has increased 77% in the last 15 years. Just one supermarket carrier is enough to kill a whale.
- Since 1950 there’s been a rise by 800% in background noise from shipping etc, making it harder for whales and dolphins to communicate.
What can you do about it? Well you can read Surfers Against Sewage’s ‘Break the Bag Habit’ campaign now.