They found that one-third of them were contaminated with plastic - sometimes large patches of plastic garbage were visible. This is significant given that 4.8 million to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic waste are estimated to enter the ocean in a single year, Lamb said.
The finding has raised concerns that the presence of so much plastic could considerably increase the risk of coral disease by blocking out light and depriving them of oxygen. "Plastic debris can cause physical injury and abrasion to coral tissues by facilitating invasion of pathogens or by exhausting resources for immune system function during wound-healing processes", the authors of the study write. It gets caught on reef branches, cutting corals and opening abrasions that expose them to disease.
The team estimates that at least 11 billion plastic items are ensnared in coral reefs in the Asia-Pacific-and they believe that number will increase by 40 percent by 2025. The researchers assembled a database of plastic pollution on 159 reefs in Australia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand, surveying about 12,000 square meters of reef.
While it might not be immediately clear how this pollution epidemic affects us here on land, our economy relies on those reefs considerably.
Dr. Lamb's previous research revealed the impacts of marine-based industries on the development of diseases that devastate reef-building corals - including dredging for coastal development and natural resource extraction, mass tourism, and fishing.
They are vital to fisheries and coastal management and are now at risk due to global warming, which boosts diseases and can cause coral to bleach and die.
An worldwide research group led by Cornell University has found that plastic trash - ubiquitous throughout the world's oceans - intensifies disease for coral, adding to reef peril, according to a new studyin the journal Science, Jan. 26. In December (2017), nearly 200 nations agreed to limit plastic pollution of the oceans, warning that it could outweigh all fish by 2030.
"It's certainly well known that plastics abrade corals, create new openings", she says. The study, published Thursday in the journal Science, said the likelihood of disease skyrockets from 4 percent to almost 90 percent when coral comes in contact with plastic. Every now and then she'd note a scrap of plastic as she swam through. For example, the United Kingdom recently implemented its first "Seabin" to extract oil, plastic, and other debris from Portsmouth harbor, while the city of Rotterdam has been using an aquatic drone known as the "waste shark".
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While now WABetaInfo , the tech news website has reported that Instagram is testing this new feature, but only internally. As of today, anyone using the redesigned version of Snapchat ( launched November 2017 ) can use the new sharing feature.
The Security Council gave the Joint Investigative Mechanism a mandate to tell us who used chemical weapons in Syria . Tillerson added that the world should be "patient" regarding the departure of Bashar Assad.
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But pressed for an apology by Morgan, he said: "I don't want to cause any difficulty for your country". One of the videos Trump shared supposedly showed a Muslim migrant beating up a Dutch boy on crutches.
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Azar said during his confirmation hearing that there's no single action the government can take to lower prices. "As a nominee Mr. Azar replaces former HHS secretary Tom Price who resigned in September previous year .
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Supreme Court halts Alabama execution
A law enacted in Alabama previous year eliminates the ability of judges to override juries' recommendations in capital cases . Alabama inmate Vernon Madison was scheduled to be put to death last night at 6 p.m., but he is still alive this morning.
IPL 2018 Auction, Day 1: Hits and misses
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Mayors skip Trump meeting after sanctuary cities threat
Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks on sanctuary cities and illegal immigration at the White House ion March 27, 2017. White House meeting, stating that Louisville was compliant with federal law and also a welcoming city for immigrants.
Brexit: US ready for an 'attractive' United Kingdom trade deal
In contrast, Mr Trump said: "The dollar is going to get stronger and stronger and ultimately I want to see a strong dollar ". The U.S. dollar came under pressure after Mnuchin broke from tradition and said a weaker dollar was good for American trade.
North Korea and USA clash at disarmament forum on nuke issues
Despite his warning, Mr Pompeo doesn't think a North Korean attack on the United States is imminent. "We are confident he will". The changes he has made at the C.I.A. have resulted in substantive achievements, though few could be discussed publicly, Mr.
'Horrifying' Sydney train crash sends passengers flying
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