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Who Said Anthropogenic Climate Change Can’t Cause Oceanic Mass Extinction

June 21, 2011


In an article released on June 20, 2011 by Travis Donovan of reports on the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (“IPSO”) findings that state:

• “….. the interdisciplinary international workshop examined the combined impact of all of the stressors currently affecting the oceans, including pollution, warming, acidification, overfishing and hypoxia.”

• “….. current actions contributing to a multifaceted degradation of the world’s oceans aren’t curbed, a mass extinction unlike anything human history has ever seen is coming,”

• “….. consequences for humankind that will impact in our lifetime, and worse, our children’s and generations beyond that.”

• “….. that degeneration in the oceans is happening much faster than has been predicted, and that the combination of factors currently distressing the marine environment is contributing to the precise conditions that have been associated with all major extinctions in the Earth’s history.”

• “….. three major factors have been present in the handful of mass extinctions that have occurred in the past: an increase of both hypoxia (low oxygen) and anoxia (lack of oxygen that creates “dead zones”) in the oceans, warming and acidification. “

• “….. a recent World Resources Institute report suggests that all coral reefs could be gone by 2050 if no action is taken to protect them,”

• “….. this year’s Gulf “dead zone” will be the largest in history due to increased runoff from the Mississippi River dragging in high levels of nitrates and phosphates from fertilizers.”

• “….. a recent study in the journal Nature, meanwhile, suggests that not only will the next mass extinction be man-made, but that it could already be underway.”

• “….. IPSO report calls for such changes, recommending actions in key areas: immediate reduction of CO2 emissions, coordinated efforts to restore marine ecosystems,”

In closing, there will be many who argue that man is not to blame for climate change. True, overfishing, dumping garbage and harmful substances into the rivers and ocean and other harmful practices do not contribute to climate change. But what a dangerous game to play when it is a scientific fact that burring carbon based fuels generates CO2, which is a well-known greenhouse gas contributing to climate change.

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