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We're Killing Off Life In The Oceans
By Ernest Stewart
"It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of that life. But the sea, though changed in a sinister way, will continue to exist; the threat is rather to life itself." ~~~ Rachel Carson ~ The Sea Around Us
They say that "there is no doubt that we are the cause of this and the only solution is to cut greenhouse gas emissions." The warming of the oceans may become the greatest hidden challenge of our generation. The hotter oceans have killed off coral reefs at an unprecedented rate, reducing fish species by eliminating their habitats.
Some of the effects of warming oceans are:
"Jellyfish, seabirds and plankton are shifting toward the cooler poles by up to 10 degrees latitude." Here's an eye opener, jellyfish are now swimming in the Great Lakes!The findings were compiled by 80 scientists from 12 countries at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in Hawaii.
Inger Anderson, Director General of the IUCN, said:
"We all know that the oceans sustain this planet.The report, Explaining Ocean Warming, is the "most comprehensive, most systematic study we have ever undertaken on the consequence of this warming on the ocean," according to Professor Dan Laffoley, co-lead author.
The world's waters have absorbed more than 93 per cent of the enhanced heating from climate change since the 1970s, curbing the heat felt on land but drastically altering the rhythm of life in the ocean.
Professor Laffoley said: "The ocean has been shielding us and the consequences of this are absolutely massive."
Ergo, the horrible effects of global warming on land are but a drop in the bucket compared to what's happening under the waves. While crop failures on the land are becoming frightening, similar failures in the ocean spell disaster and doom for our ever-growing human populations. As our 1% corporate masters will soon find out, you can't eat gold!
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(c) 2016 Ernest Stewart a.k.a. Uncle Ernie is an unabashed radical, author, stand-up comic, DJ, actor, political pundit and for 14 years was the managing editor and publisher of Issues & Alibis magazine. Visit me on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter.