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On the Brink of Catastrophe

June 23, 2011

Earlier this year, the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) brought together a panel of leading marine scientists to discuss the threats against global marine environments. The conclusion reached by these experts of marine science was not good news—in fact, their findings were much more concerning than anticipated. The findings:

  • The speed and rate of degeneration of the oceans is far faster than anyone has predicted
  • Many of the negative impacts identified are greater than the worst predictions
  • The first steps to globally significant extinction may have already begun

The world’s oceans are faced with an unprecedented loss of species comparable to the great mass extinctions of prehistory, a major report suggests today. The seas are degenerating far faster than anyone has predicted, the report says, because of the cumulative impact of a number of severe individual stresses, ranging from climate warming and sea-water acidification, to widespread chemical pollution and gross overfishing.

Read this article from The Independent

The report with all this information and more should be released sometime this week. The report’s conclusions will be presented at the UN in New York this week, when delegates begin discussions on reforming governance of the oceans.

If the sea is in trouble, we are all in trouble. –Sylvia Earle

This is a call to everyone NOW. We all need to cut our carbon footprints drastically if we want to stay on this planet. Like, honestly, where else do we have to go?

Aren’t convinced by one article? Okay, here’s a bunch:

‘Shocking’ state of seas threatens mass extinction, say marine experts

World’s oceans in ‘shocking’ decline

State of the Ocean: ‘Shocking’ Report Warns of Mass Extinction From Current Rate of Marine Distress

Marine species at risk of mass extinction

Environmental doomsday unless oceans are respected

Multiple ocean stresses threaten ‘globally significant’ marine extinction, experts warn


For official summaries of the report and more information:



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