Tuesday, June 21, 2011

We're Toast

According to a just released report by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) The worlds oceans are in "serious decline. The report (via the BBC) is frightening. Increased CO2 absorption and the resulting increased acidity, overfishing, pollution from agricultural runoff and other factors are negatively impacting the world's oceans and at an ever increasing rate. We are looking at massive extinctions of species and huge dead zones globally. It really is an emergency and the sad thing is we aren't going to do anything about it until it is too late. We could be the last generation of humans on the planet because if the seas go we go too.

The report also notes that previous mass extinction events have been associated with trends being observed now - disturbances of the carbon cycle, and acidification and hypoxia (depletion of oxygen) of seawater.
Levels of CO2 being absorbed by the oceans are already far greater than during the great extinction of marine species 55 million years ago (during the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum).
We know what has to be done but in isn't going to happen. So sad.

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