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11 Billion Pieces of Plastic Infect And Kill The World’s Coral Reefs

This should be a wake up call for all of us.

Not only are coral reefs vulnerable to climate change, but their complex structure is susceptible to various man-made threats like plastic.

The marine life and the world’s precious coral reefs are in peril because of plastic pollution, a four-year study said. About 11 billion of plastic particles in the oceans are spreading disease on the world’s coral reefs.

The world's coral reefs are getting sick because of plastic.

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A new study published in the journal Science, which spanned to more than 100,000 reef-building corals in the Asia-Pacific region, found that the plastic on reefs spread pathogens or disease-causing microorganisms that cause lethal disease outbreaks.

In fact, the researchers at Cornell University in the United States revealed that when these plastic pieces touch the corals, the risk of getting sick soars from just four percent to a staggering 89 percent.

The team found that over one-third of the 159 coral reefs they studied was already contaminated with plastic.

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The researchers said in the study:

“We estimate that 11.1 billion plastic items are entangled on coral reefs across the Asia-Pacific and project this number to increase 40 percent by 2025.”

“Plastic waste management is critical for reducing diseases that threaten ecosystem health and human livelihoods.”

Plastic has a wide range of negative effects on coral reefs. The trash and waste materials dumped on land can carry harmful pathogens to the sea.

The already vulnerable and damaged coral reefs from the increasing water temperatures could have scratches that make it possible for bacteria to enter, causing infection.

Since coral reefs are vital to people and wildlife, disease outbreaks may put a risk on the survival of the most biodiverse ecosystems on Earth.

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Coral reefs shelter many baby fish and marine life that provide food for millions of people, and they serve as buffers that help protect coasts from storm surge.

This study should serve as a wake-up call to all humans and government officials across the globe.

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Humans should be responsible enough to reduce plastic waste as much as possible. Reusing, reducing and recycling plastic and other non-biodegradable waste products are important ways that we can do to help our oceans, coral reefs, and marine life.

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Iceland To Ban Male Circumcision and Punish Offenders With Imprisonment

The said bill has since sparked controversy and debate.

Iceland is set to become the first European country to ban male circumcision with a new bill before the parliament proposing a 6-year imprisonment for any person who performs it for non medical purposes. The bill has since gained mixed reactions, with Jewish and Muslim leaders getting outraged about it.

According to the bill, male circumcision is very similar to female genital mutilation (FGM) which is widely prohibited in Europe. Iceland has officially banned FGM way back 2005.

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Woman Sues California For Not Acknowledging Bigfoot As Existing Species

The woman claimed to have spotted Bigfoot recently, but no one would believe her.

There have been numerous stories about Bigfoot sightings, but somehow the popular American folklore creature remains a myth. That's not to say no one will fight to prove that Bigfoot or Sasquatch does exist.

One San Bernardino County, California resident named Claudia Ackley is just one of the many people who claimed to have seen Bigfoot. But since authorities did not believe Ackley's story about her recent encounter with the mysterious creature, she decided to sue the state's Department of Fish and Wildlife for not recognizing Sasquatch as a species.

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Russian ‘Virginity Dealers’ Recruit And Sell Young Girls To Wealthy Businessmen

Some women even put up their own adverts.

We've heard about women auctioning off their virginity. Anyone who bids the highest gets to sleep with a virgin girl. In Russia, however, ladies as young as 17 are being recruited and then paired up with rich men online.

These specialist dealers, as they are being referred to in a report that appeared in Bumaga, scout teen, virgin women and arrange for them to meet with wealthy businessmen. The report also claimed that these specialists will take home a portion of the fee for making the arrangements. Some of them are reportedly making thousands of pounds for each successful pairing.

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