Friday, July 15, 2011

Possible ocean apocalypse

The International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) has released a report assessing how climate change, overexploitation, pollution, habitat loss and other stressors have the ocean as a whole. According to the report, we are on a course for mass extinction that would include coral reefs and the menagerie of species that rely on them, as well as multiple species of fish consumed by people. Head of IPSO, Alex Rogers maintains that the biggest problem is the rapid pace of climate change which is virtually unprecedented. Other harmful factors include the acidification of oceans as a result of CO2 dissolving in the water, making corals more susceptible to bleaching. The article is available in the latest issue of New Scientist in the ORI Library.

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