Environmental Science

Oceanic Oddities: Artist images sea creatures rising from plastics pollution

Oceanic Oddities: Artist images sea creatures rising from plastics pollution

In school, we learned that the Pleistocene Age was the era when elephants and saber-toothed tigers prowled the land and were hunted by ancient men armed with long spears. But we were never taught about the Plastiocene Age, and that is a problem!

There is an almost universal lack of awareness about how in the Plastiocene Age — plastic refuse in the form of disposable water bottles and plastic bags, etc. — has polluted the environment, especially our oceans.

This age of pollution by plastics is the most recent stage of the Anthropocene Epoch, the era which dates from the commencement of a significant human impact on the Earth’s ecology and...

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