Ocean Pollution
Carbon emissions from tires have also been seen to have a damaging impact on the health of our oceans. The toxic chemicals that are released during the decomposition of the tires or during the burning process can have a serious effect on the environment.

When the chemicals enter the ocean, they can cause the water to become acidic. This acidification could lead to an entire eco-system being wiped out. Small crustaceans, particularly krill is a vital source of food for many species of sea life, including whales. Although they are small, their existence is necessary in order for the rest of the marine life to survive. use of recycled tire rubber in asphalt pavements

As well as being directly polluted by decomposing tires and other waste, oceans also absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. With the increasing levels of CO2 in the air, the oceans are becoming more and more polluted and acidic, and it’s happening at such a rapid rate that marine species are struggling to adapt.

With the higher levels of CO2 in the oceans, krill eggs are being affected, which is causing problems with their hatching. With the lower hatch rates, scientists have predicted that the population of the Southern Ocean Antarctic krill could collapse by 2300, which could then have a devastating knock-on effect for the rest of the marine life in the food chain and subsequently the human population, that relies on fishing industries.

Along with the impact on marine life, the additional CO2 emissions in the atmosphere and being absorbed by the oceans, is contributing to the temperature of the oceans, causing it to rise. This rise in temperature will have a direct impact on humanity. Not only will it cause sea levels to rise, due to the melting ice, but the warmer seas will mean wetter weather and more violent storms and hurricanes.
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