Oceans Now 'Smoking' 2 Packs of Cigarettes A Day

GreenTracker| Researchers have put a new analogy in front of our eyes, when the subject is our oceans. 

The Earth’s ocean, which produces half of the oxygen we breathe and absorbs 30% of human-generated CO2, is equivalent to its heart and lungs, says Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, lead author of a new report on the health of the world’s oceans. “Quite plainly, the Earth cannot do without its ocean. This study, however, shows worrying signs of ill health.” via Science Daily

“It’s as if the Earth has been smoking two packs of cigarettes a day!”

In language designed to jolt, if not shock, the researchers advise that greenhouse gas emissions are changing the world’s ecology in ways not seen for a million years. Marine ecosystems are reaching the tipping point and the scientists warnings, published yesterday in Science Magazine, say we may soon see “sudden, unexpected changes that have serious ramifications for the overall well-being of humans,” including the capacity of the planet to support people. “This is further evidence that we are well on the way to the next great extinction event.”

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