Business Insider UK article Water is the biggest environmental threat to our oceans and ecosystems.
A major part of our oceans is a huge ecosystem, with thousands of species of animals, plants and microbes that depend on it.
But we know little about what is causing it.
A new study published in the journal Water, Environment & Atmosphere looks at the impacts of the amount of water that humans use on our oceans, and the impacts it has on our health.
The paper is the first to look at the environmental impacts of human water use on aquatic organisms, and its findings are surprising.
Water is the mainstay of our ecosystems.
It helps them grow and reproduce.
But the impact of water use is changing, and as more water is pumped into our oceans by humans, we are causing a dramatic increase in pollution, especially of our marine environment.
This study looked at the amount and type of pollution in the marine environment, including the amount that humans are contributing to the pollution.
We used a range of data to analyse water pollution in a number of locations around the world, including around the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.
In all cases, we found that water pollution from humans is a major driver of changes in marine ecosystems, including an increase in fish and plankton populations and the decline in species that rely on the food resources they provide.
For example, in the Atlantic, we observed that fish species such as tuna and swordfish were rapidly losing their ability to spawn and reproduce, due to a lack of fish species in the ocean.
The study also found that the amount by which fish are affected by pollution increased dramatically after the industrialisation of the Atlantic Ocean.
It found that a doubling of industrial effluent into the Atlantic ocean resulted in a decline in the size of the species that are dependent on the fish food resources it provides, and also a decrease in their spawning ability, which is associated with a decrease of fish abundance.
Fish populations in the Pacific also experienced a significant decline, as well as an increase of fish numbers in the estuaries.
Our findings show that the pollution from human activities is an important driver of marine changes.
These impacts can have a dramatic impact on the health of the ocean ecosystems that rely heavily on the natural ecosystem for their food.
So how can we help protect our oceans?
It’s important to recognise that water is the lifeblood of our seas.
The Atlantic Ocean has a particularly rich ecosystem and the oceans around it, such as the Pacific Ocean, are vital to our food production and survival.
However, there are also other factors that affect the health and wellbeing of our ocean, including pollution, climate change and the loss of coral reefs.
We can all play a part in improving the ocean ecosystem by reducing our water use and using less water.
For example, using less plastic bottles, more renewable energy and taking action to reduce pollution can all help to reduce our water pollution.
What can we do?
While the impacts from pollution and other factors are a major cause of pollution on the oceans, the research shows that the biggest risk is that humans will not change their behaviour, and continue to use water.
It is therefore important to develop solutions that reduce pollution and improve the health, well-being and wellbeing, of the oceans.