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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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Mark Zuckerberg’s Booster Chair Noticed By The Internet, Gave Birth To Hundred Of Memes

Mark Zuckerberg may have faced Facebook’s latest issue, but the Internet isn’t the one to easily forgive and forget.

In the past few days, Mark Zuckerberg has been the talk of the town due to Facebook's involvement in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The social media giant and the political consulting firm are facing major backlash for obtaining data from over 87 million users for the purpose of supplying the said information to politicians who hired them.

Last April 10, Zuckerberg was invited to give his testimony before the United States Congressional Committee. The proceedings were aired on national TV and was likewise posted online. He was called to answer the issues but one of the things that later captured the internet's attention was his booster chair.

In case you didn't know, booster chairs are used to give some form of elevation to the user when they are seated. They are usually hidden from the crowd's view, as it is being covered by a table.

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Desperate Parents Beg Money To Save Baby Born With Part Of Brain And Skull Missing

The funds would help the poor baby girl undergo a life-saving surgery.

A 2-month-old baby girl is left fighting for her life, after being born with part of her brain and skull missing. Her parents are so desperate they are begging money for her to undergo a life-saving surgery. Sadly, they are running out of time.

Little Ah Neath’s life depends on her impoverished family, who are doing everything they can to save her. Her father and mother, Srey and Heang, respectively, are desperately gathering funds together. They even decided to sell their properties just to pay for their daughter’s medical care.

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Woman Playing With Gun Accidentally Shoots Man’s Head On Facebook Live

The incident left the victim in a critical condition.

Houston police are investigating a sick incident involving a man who was accidentally shot in the head inside a car. The three people involved were reportedly inside the vehicle in a petrol station carpark during the gruesome incident and it was all captured in a Facebook live video.

The said footage recorded two people playing around with two handguns. The victim named Devyn Holmes can be heard saying, “You’re making me nervous.” One of them replied, “It ain’t got no clip, bud.”

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