Oceans in Distress

Judy Lubow for Planet Warning

Our beautiful ocean covers 71% of the earth’s surface and, in the United States alone, one out of every six jobs is marine-related. Yet, human activity is destroying this essential resource. This, according to a report prepared by scientists of the International Programme on the State of the Ocean.

According to Alex Rogers, the scientific director of the International Programme, the findings are shocking. Scientists discovered that the negative changes in the ocean from climate change and other human-caused stressors are occurring at a faster rate than previously thought. These changes include the melting of the polar ice sheets, the rise in sea level, the release of sea bed methane, etc. In addition, the scientists unexpectedly discovered that the synergistic impact from the combination of these individual negative effects, is now also causing increased threat to marine life. In other words, we’re creating an inter-connected soup of destruction for ocean life arising from an unholy combination of our individual negative activities.

If you’d like to learn more about the distressed state of the ocean, and to access organizations addressing ocean health, you can go to the website: thisisnotadrillradio.org.

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