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A team of scientists, in a groundbreaking analysis of data from hundreds of sources, has concluded that humans are on the verge of causing unprecedented damage to the oceans and the animals living in them.
“We may be sitting on a precipice of a major extinction event,” said Douglas J. McCauley, an ecologist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an author of the new research, which was published on Thursday in the journal Science
originally posted by: hopenotfeariswhatweneed
a reply to: lostbook
the response is silence by the looks of things and has been for some time.....those that run this place seem to think our biosphere is totally renewable,like they can just buy another one when this one gets broken...
Scientific assessments of the oceans’ health are dogged by uncertainty: It’s much harder for researchers to judge the well-being of a species living underwater, over thousands of miles, than to track the health of a species on land. And changes that scientists observe in particular ocean ecosystems may not reflect trends across the planet.
D i SE a SE r ES i ST a NCE: Research suggests the increased prevalence of oyster diseases in recent decades is driving a natural selection process that is breeding tougher oysters, especially in the southern Bay. In Virginia’s York River, fewer than five percent of oysters are dying from MSX today, while more than half were dying of the disease a decade ago. In Maryland, recently released state data show more oysters surviving diseases, suggesting more resistance. The average annual oyster mortality rate from disease in the state fell to 17 percent in the years 2005 through 2009, compared to an average of 29 percent for the years 1985 to 2004.