The rapid pollution of the oceans is unprecedented in the recent history of the earth. The ocean chemistry is shifting 100 times more rapidly than it did any time in the last 650,000 years. Algae and jelly fish are spreading. Coral reefs and fish are dying. Proceed to the beach and you are apt to find it smelling from rotten fish and advised it’s not fit for swimming. People are terrified of eating tuna and farmed salmon and other fish. Ocean pollution is rivaling global warming in its potential effect on the survival of this planet as we currently know it.
Can the sea be cleansed of its massive pollution? Pollution that includes sewage, house cleaning agents, agricultural products as pesticides, fertilizers, carbon dioxide and animal waste are poisoning us. Oil spills and heavy metals, such as mercury, cadmium and lead that come from fossil fuel burning are endangering the health of fish and people. Compounds as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dioxin are major pollutants. How to cleanse the oceans is now a major question in the minds of scientists.
Acidification, another significant change in the oceans and seas is accelerating so fast it threatens the survival of coral reefs and shellfish. In a recent report by a panel of Animal Control scientists at a symposium at Monaco that took place in October, 2008 a dire prediction indicated that the increasing acidity will aggressively impact marine ecosystems and directly influence the food supply of half the world’s inhabitants.
This important symposium “The Ocean in a High CO2 World” issued a declaration based on unassailable scientific findings and signed by 155 scientists from 26 nations.
H.S.H. Prince Albert II, an extremely concerned citizen of the world and renowned environmentalist, attended the symposium and strongly supported the announcement that calls for world leaders to immediately concentrate on the potentially devastating issues of sea pollution.
The dangers to our general health, immune systems, brain functioning with deterioration of mental ability and one’s IQ, and the increasing probability of getting certain types of cancer have become better understood and known.
The job is obvious. There must be an increase in developing methods to fight all forms of pollution, of which ocean pollution is among the most important. Reduction of fossil fuel burning is essential to reduce global warming and sea pollution that threaten our lives and future. Urgency to handle these immense problems is readily apparent.
If you are deeply concerned for the future of the world, read “Rescue,” a book, that focuses on the increasing dangers to earth as global warming and global pollution sweep the world. It offers solutions to the immense crisis that faces us.