Naked Scientists Podcast

Naked Scientists episode

Sat, 7th Apr 2012

Naked Oceans - From Plastics to Poo

Velellas (by-the-wind-sailors) and plastic confetti in the North Pacifc Plastic Gyre (c) Karin Malmstrom/Marine Photobank

This week we bring you a special look at marine pollution from the Naked Oceans team, going from plastics to poo to explore some of the many ways we pollute the seas. We find out the truth behind the Pacific Garbage Patch, discover how human sewage is wiping out corals in the Caribbean, and in Critter of the Month, a marine expert describes which ocean creature they'd like to be and why...

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  • 01:30 - Can you walk on the Pacific garbage patch?

    Can you walk out on the Pacific garbage patch? And what's the problem if fish eat plastic? Miriam Goldstein and Rebecca Asch from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography explain why plastics are such a problem in the oceans, and what effects it might be having on wildlife.

  • 08:23 - Corals catch disease from human sewage

    White pox disease is wiping out Elkhorn coral in the Caribbean and the culprit is rather hard to stomach.

 

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