21 Jun '11, 5pm

Dire state of the world's oceans portends mass extinctions #oceans

21 Jun 2011: Dire State of Oceans Portends Mass Extinctions, Study Says A series of marine threats — including warming waters, ocean acidification, the spread of oxygen-free dead zones, habitat loss, and overfishing — are pushing the world’s oceans toward a phase of mass extinctions not seen in millions of years, according to a new report by a consortium of marine scientists. In a report sponsored by the International Programme on the State of the Oceans (IPSO) , the scientists said that the rates of coral loss, fish stock depletion, open-water “dead zones,” and toxic algae blooms have surpassed even the worst-case projections of just four years ago. And these trends could portend significantly wider disruptions on the world’s marine ecosystems; all five mass extinctions in the planet’s history — the most recent of which occurred 55 million years ago — were preceded by sim...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/dire_state_of_oceans_portends...

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