Put down that burger! Not only do meat-eaters prop up an industry that is pushing us further to the climate-crisis point of no return, our carnivorous poop is killing coral reefs.
Eating protein adds a bunch of nitrogen to our poop, which then makes algae bloom faster. The algae uses up oxygen, releases toxins, and kills surrounding ecosystems.
According to the study, “Wastewater inputs of pathogens and nitrogen into coastal oceans present clear challenges to coastal ecosystems, public health, and economies across the planet. Beyond these direct impacts, our results suggest that wastewater inputs are likely to interact with the plethora of anthropogenic stressors to coastal ecosystems, leading to declining fisheries, habitat loss and degradation, and human health impacts. Climate change is compounding these threats globally.”