Our Dying Oceans


Facing Future

Published on Jun 24, 2021

The oceans absorb over 90% of the heat caused by our industrialized civilization, and they are nearing dangerous #TippingPoints of both temperature and acidity. Phytoplankton, at the base of the food chain, are increasingly unable to form their calcite shells, and coral reefs are bleaching out. Unless we act quickly to stop the #CascadingEffects of global warming, and to protect marine habitats, life in the oceans will die out.

Paul Beckwith explains what is happening as the Arctic sea ice melts, losing its ability to reflect sunlight, and releasing the methane that is stored beneath it. “Weirding” weather – dramatic shifts of temperature and more violent storms – result from alterations in the normal patterns of the #JetStream. Overfishing, bottom trolling, and the use of fossil fuels must end if we are to preserve the vital systems of our oceans.

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