Humans killing ocean life at alarming rate

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Man is pushing oceans to extinction

In biology and ecology, extinction is the end of an organism or of a group of organisms (taxon), normally a species, but also an entire ecosystem such as the oceans.  The latter would be classified as an Extinction Level Event (E.L.E.). The moment of extinction is generally considered to be the death of the last individual of the species, or ecosystem, even though the capacity to breed and recover may have been lost long before this point.

Mass extinctions are relatively rare events; however, isolated extinctions are quite common. Only recently have extinctions been recorded and scientists have become alarmed at the high rates of recent extinctions. Most species that become extinct are never scientifically documented. Some scientists estimate that up to half of presently existing species may become extinct by 2100 and that includes the oceans of our world.

Over the last several decades scientists have speculated that man is responsible for the destruction of hundreds of thousands of species, including, according to some experts, many species such as the mastodon, that were around when man first stuck his head out of the cave and became the world’s top predator.

Here is the latest on the evil that men do to their own environment:

Human activity has degraded the world’s oceans with dizzying speed and a mass extinction of marine life only seen five times before in the planet’s history is likely if urgent action is not taken, a panel of marine experts warns. The International Program on the State of the Oceans panel, made of experts from a variety of disciplines, found that issues such as climate change, overfishing, acidification, and pollution are acting together to accelerate the rate of change, reports the BBC.

The panel found that conditions in the ocean are starting to resemble those associated with mass extinctions in the past. They warn that entire ecosystems like coral reefs could disappear within a single human generation. “The findings are shocking,” IPSO’s scientific director said in a statement. “This is a very serious situation demanding unequivocal action at every level. We are looking at consequences for humankind that will impact in our lifetime, and worse, our children’s and generations beyond that.”

I found this story frightening and what causes even more concern is this is just another indication of the destruction man has and will continue to wreak on our beautiful blue planet.  What do you think about this latest alarming news on the state of our oceans?

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Michael John Scott

Mr. Scott is a political junkie, and animal lover. He is also a U.S. Army veteran, career law enforcement executive, and university professor. Did I mention he loves dogs? A lot?
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Cheshire Cat
11 years ago

This is a disaster that will only get worse. When will we ever learn not to mess with our world to such an extent that it destroys our quality of life. The end of the oceans means the end of us.

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