The Ever Reaching Hand of Climate Change

Posted by Andres Hortensi, October 23, 2013

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A new study shows oil, gas and coal are contaminating the world’s oceans from top to bottom, threatening the lives of more than 800 million people. Demanding immediate action to drastically minimize fossil fuel consumption.

The study found that carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels are overheating the oceans, turning them acidic and reducing the amount of oxygen in seawater. This is happening too fast for most marine species to adapt and ocean ecosystems around the world will collapse.

By 2100, no corner of the oceans that cover 70 percent of the Earth’s surface will be untouched. More shocking is that the oceans will be dramatically altered even with reduced growth in use of fossil fuel in coming decades and major declines starting in 2050, he said.

Only an abrupt decline in consumption of oil, gas, and coal within the next 10 years will minimise the impacts on the oceans.

Read a full review of the study at IPS News

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