29 Jun '11, 10pm

State of the ocean report a wake-up call for the world

State of the ocean report a wake-up call for the world

The researchers also found that "existing scientific projections of how coral reefs will respond to global warming have been highly conservative and must now be modified." And they found that chemicals such as "brominated flame retardants, fluorinated compounds, pharmaceuticals and synthetic musks used in detergents and personal care products" — which can cause cancer and disrupt human endocrine and immune systems — have been found in aquatic animals everywhere, even in the Canadian Arctic. Marine litter and plastics are also found throughout the oceans, sometimes in massive swirling gyres. Alex Rogers, the scientific director of IPSO, is quoted in the Guardian as saying he was shocked by the findings: "This is a very serious situation demanding unequivocal action at every level. We are looking at consequences for humankind that will impact in our lifetime, and worse, our ...

Full article: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/blogs/science-matters/2011/06/...

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