BBC: World’s oceans in shocking decline
The BBC is reporting that 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.
“The findings are shocking,” said Alex Rogers, scientific director of the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO), and professor of conservation biology at Oxford University.
Life on Earth has gone through five “mass extinction events” caused by events such as asteroid impacts; and it is often said that humanity’s combined impact is causing a sixth such event.
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