Study Finds Caffeine Pollution In Pacific Ocean

All of humanity are coffee addicts, and apparently we won’t stop until we have every creature on land and sea hooked. Via EurekAlert!:

A new study finds elevated levels of caffeine at several sites in Pacific Ocean waters off the coast of Oregon—though not necessarily where researchers expected.

This study is the first to look at caffeine pollution off the Oregon coast. It was developed and conducted by Portland State University master’s student Zoe Rodriguez del Rey and her faculty adviser Elise Granek, in collaboration with Steve Sylvester of Washington State University, Vancouver.

Caffeine is found in many food and beverage products as well as some pharmaceuticals, and caffeine pollution is directly related to human activity (although many plant species produce caffeine, there are no natural sources of the substance in the Northwest). The presence of caffeine may also signal additional anthropogenic pollution, such as pesticides, pharmaceuticals and other contaminants.

“We humans drink caffeinated beverages because caffeine has a biological effect on us—so it isn’t too surprising that caffeine affects other animals, too,” says Granek. Previous studies have found caffeine in other bodies of water around the world, including the North Sea, the Mediterranean, Puget Sound, Boston Harbor, and Sarasota Bay, Fla.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Miller/100000952005408 Bruce Miller

    Coffee today, marihuana tomorrow, cocaine the next day then Heroin right after, or will the 300 year Reich bankrupt and end in this next decade? Huge stores of radioactive wastes at nuclear plants spell danger to rational human beings, but in the 300 year Reich, where The Great Corporate American Propaganda Whore mesmerizes the sheeple, this does not happen.

  • Anarchy Pony

    I think we all know who is to blame; 

    Seattle. 

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    how interesting
    the detritus of Merkin Kulture
    finding its way into nature

    I’m willing to bet there’s more THC in that water than caffine

  • Server

    Am I the only one who read “Boston Harbor” and immediately thought “Boston Tea Party”?  If the tea they dumped was that long acting, I’m kind of thinking of changing my opinion on their tax protest being sound.  I’d gladly pay high taxes for tea that caffeinated me for 300 years…

  • Justin

    “though not where expected”? — uh, so where did they find it?

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