Plastics in the sea harm oxygen-producing bacteria
Plastic pollution harms the bacteria that help us breathe - Earth short science news

Plastic pollution in the oceans has been found not only to harm fish and marine mammals, but also the tiniest of organisms, bacteria.

In particular, chemicals leaching from plastics reduce the growth, and impair the photosynthesis and hence oxygen production of Prochlorococcus, the ocean’s most abundant photosynthetic bacteria. It has been estimated that these bacteria alone acount for 10% of the total oxygen production on Earth.

Thus, plastic pollution threatens to reduce the oxygen that we breathe each and every day.

Read the full story: Macquarie University
Scientific publication: Communications Biology