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Technology Helps Us Monitor and Clean Up Our Waters

Plastics that are dumped into our oceans, rivers, lakes and shores are dangerous for marine life because as they break down, they turn into smaller pieces of plastic called microplastics that fish, marine mammals and birds often mistake for food. Microplastics are dangerous for fish because plastic does not fully biodegrade and can cause adverse health effects in the fish and the animals that eat them. An estimated 414 million pieces of plastic have been found washed ashore on the beaches of the Indian Ocean according to a survey. In India, plastic litter is documented to have caused serious damage to biodiversity, there are multiple cases of ingestion and entanglement from plastic debris leading to mortality of marine mammals and birds in the country.

Technology Luckily, technologists like IEEE member Krista Beardy, use technology to help monitor and understand how plastic is negatively affecting the waters we use daily.

“The research I am conducting can be classified as a ‘baseline’ analysis,” says Beardy. “To rectify the problem of marine based plastic pollution, we must first understand and identify all facets of the situation we are currently facing. From the chemistry behind polymer science, to the effects on marine wildlife, to how ocean currents distribute and concentrate plastic pollution, all of these questions have yet to be answered in full.”

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