recent study of a unique natural laboratory created by scientists in
the Mediterranean Sea has shown that the number of single-celled
organisms called Foraminifera found around volcanic carbon dioxide vents
near Naples, Italy, has diminished from 24 species to only four.
from the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom and the
University of Santa Catarina in Brazil discovered that similar losses in
many forms of marine life, especially organisms with calcium carbonate
shells like Foraminifera, are linked to rising ocean acidity, which has
occurred from the excessive absorption of carbon dioxide and has the
effect of lowering the water’s pH levels.
over-acidification has been responsible for wide-scale extinctions in
the past, study co-author Dr. Jason Hall-Spencer stated, “A tipping
point occurs at … pH 7.8. This is the pH level predicted for the end of
this century… The big concern for me is that unless we curb carbon
emissions, we risk mass extinctions, degrading coastal waters and
encouraging outbreaks of toxic jellyfish and algae."
Dr. Hall-Spencer and other British and Brazilian colleagues, for
reminding of our dire need to minimize greenhouse gas emissions to
preserve our life-supporting oceans.
With Heaven's grace, may we
accelerate effective planet-saving actions in all corners of the world.
During a May 2009 videoconference in Togo, Supreme Master Ching Hai
pointed out the imbalances already occurring in our marine environments,
suggesting at the same time how to reverse these dangerous effects.
Supreme Master Ching Hai:
Balanced marine ecosystems are extremely important, as more than
two-thirds of the planet is covered by oceans. They provide half of the
world’s oxygen and play a major part in regulating the global climate. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/08/100825093651.htm
life on Earth truly depends very much on the ocean for survival. In
addition, oceans also absorb atmospheric CO2 – carbon dioxide – which
directly helps to cool our planet.
From the oceans themselves,
we are seeing warming temperatures, rising sea levels, increasing
acidification and terrible levels of pollution. So global warming is
affecting the oceans, which in turn is affecting the fish.
an equally urgent situation as the one presented by livestock industry,
and it has the exact same solution. Stop eating the flesh; stop killing
for food; stop eating the fish. This will help restore the balance of
both the ocean and land, immediately.