The Big Problem With The North Pole

Hey there! Welcome to Life Noggin! Guess what, friends? Today we’re doing something pretty special
— exploring the Life Noggin north pole! Just in time for after Christmas! Rhombus said that he found something here
that we need to check out. Oooh I hope it’s Santa! Santa doesn’t visit these parts, and i know
it’s after Christmas, but there’s still a chance! Hold up, gang! Do you see that?! It’s probably Santa! Wait a minute… that’s not Santa. It’s just a big pile of plastics! Darn it. I was worried about this happening. It seems that some of the plastic waste that
we’re creating in the Life Noggin world is finding its way up here. Actually, similar problems are going on with
your north pole too. Just last year, in the middle of the Arctic
Ocean, researchers from a British-led expedition found decently-sized chunks of plastic lying
around on frozen sheets of ice. Now, we already knew that the world’s oceans
were being polluted by plastics and other waste, but this was one of the most distant
sightings of this type of pollution up north — only around 1,600 kilometers from the
north pole itself. We’re only really learning about this now
because scientists couldn’t get to the area before because of ice in the sea blocking
the way. Not only is this pollution not cool for my
polar pals, but scientists are worried that these plastics and other trash could get dumped
into the ocean as climate change causes the ice to melt — adding to our already bad
problem of plastic pollution in the ocean. It’s estimated that you humans produce about
300 million tons of plastic each year, with around 8 million metric tons of the stuff
ending up in the ocean. That’s a lot of plastic! And these plastics can last for a long time,
which is great for consumer purposes, but really bad for the Earth’s ecosystems. We’ve all seen the heartbreaking pictures
of turtles and other sea creatures with plastics around their mouths or deforming their bodies. Unfortunately, the problem extends far beyond
even that when we’re talking about what’s called “microplastics”. Microplastics are super small pieces of plastic
that are less than five millimeters long. Their small size makes microplastics especially
harmful to aquatic life as they can more easily enter the animal’s bodies and make their
way into the food chain. It’s bad for you too, as those microplastics
can even end up in your seafood. But plastic isn’t even the only type of
pollution to be worried about in the Arctic, though. Human-made noise pollution could also be a
problem, especially as the ice melts, potentially affecting how the sound travels up there. Certain animals, like ringed seals and beluga
whales, use sound to communicate and navigate through the dark depths of the ocean. Narwhals even use biosonar to hunt for fish,
so if humans are making a bunch of noise up there, it could really throw things off. Well, we really learned a lot today, but i
was kinda hoping i would run into… Ho Ho Ho! Santa? Santa! You’re here? In the Life Noggin world!? Santa: Of course! I’m Santa! I’m made of magic! Blocko: How come I didn’t see you last year? and how
come you came so late? Santa: …uh…well. Santa was really busy. Blocko: Oh, with what? Santa: Alright listen kid, you want your presents
or not? Blocko: Yes yes yes! Yes yes! Gimmie the presents! Please? Uh, please! Santa: Here you go! Here you go! Here you go! AND here you go Blocko! This one is very special. Blocko: Thanks Santa! Santa: Thank YOU! See you next year everyone! ho ho ho! Oh wow it’s….a bag of oatmeal stapled to
a cactus…. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED! How did he know!? Wow! I hope you had a great holiday season, and
a great year! Thank you so much for watching, and supporting
Life Noggin. Let me know what we should talk about next
year in the comment section below! Enjoyed this video? Check out the winter edition of Dear Blocko
that we did! Dear Blocko, can you explain flu season and
why it happens? ah, the human flu season, the time when those
evil flu viruses are at their worst! as always, my name is Blocko, this has been
Life Noggin, don’t forget to keep on thinking!

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