Archive for June, 2011

Marine life facing mass extinction, report says

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

“London (CNN) — Marine life is under severe threat from global warming, pollution and habitat loss, with a high risk of “major extinctions” according to a panel of experts.

These are the conclusions of a distinguished group of marine scientists who met at Oxford University, England, in April to discuss the impact of human activity on the world’s oceans.

The meeting, led by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO), examined the combined effects of pollution, acidification, ocean warming, over-fishing and depleting levels of oxygen in the water.

The panel found that oceanic conditions are similar to those of “previous major extinctions of species in Earth’s history,” and that we face losing marine species and entire marine ecosystems, such..”


 

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Brilliant environmental cartoons

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Just found this great website. Thanks for these great cartoons!

http://joemohrtoons.com/

World’s oceans in ‘shocking’ decline

Monday, June 20th, 2011

“The oceans are in a worse state than previously suspected, according to an expert panel of scientists.

In a new report, they warn that ocean life is “at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history”.

They conclude that issues such as over-fishing, pollution and climate change are acting together in ways that have not previously been recognised.

The impacts, they say, are already affecting humanity.”


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Acid oceans turn ‘Finding Nemo’ fish deaf

Monday, June 20th, 2011

“Clownfish, the spectacular tropical species featured in the movie Finding Nemo, appear to lose their hearing in water slightly more acidic than normal.


At levels of acidity that may be common by the end of the century, the fish did not respond to the sounds of predators.

The oceans are becoming more acidic because they absorb much of the CO2 that humanity puts into the atmosphere.”
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More about Barbie and rainforest destruction

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

This is such a creative campaign!

Barbie: You’re dumped! Stop destroying rainforests for toy packaging!

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Join the campaign to stop Mattel adding to the destruction of one of the world’sgreatest ecosystems and adding to climate change.

Coral reef destruction may be slowing.

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

There’s some good news, for a change, in the latest climate forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  NOAA scientists say the world’s threatened coral reefs, which for decades have been bleaching out and dying off because of climate-induced changes in ocean conditions, might be getting a respite this year.”

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