Marine Threat: Pollution
Marine Threat: Pollution
Consultants: Elif Demir-Hilton & Kevin Webb
Pollution is a major threat to the health of our oceans, and one of the greatest challenges for mitigation efforts due to the scale and diversity of sources that are tightly coupled to human activity and the global economy. It is essential that we develop ways to eliminate ocean pollution at the source, through new technologies that replace polluting industrial practices and products. In addition, to prevent a major loss of biodiversity, we must make methods of cleaning up the existing contamination of marine environments a priority. Two major types of pollution discussed in this chapter, industrial waste streams, as exemplified by crude oil spills, and solid plastic waste, could benefit from the application of biotechnology and genomics.
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