End Of Days: Everything In The Ocean Could Be Dead In Your Kids’ Lifetimes If Scientists Are Right

- By Bossip Staff

A new study shows that humans are creating all of the conditions necessary to kill off every single species in our oceans, some as soon as 2050.

Unfortunately for us, that “Circle of Life” sh*t Mufasa and ’em were talking about is very much real. So if ocean life goes, we’re right behind them.

Three major factors have been present in the handful of mass extinctions that have occurred in the past: an increase of both hypoxia (low oxygen) and anoxia (lack of oxygen that creates “dead zones”) in the oceans, warming and acidification. The panel warns that the combination of these factors will inevitably cause a mass marine extinction if swift action isn’t taken to improve conditions.

The report is the latest of several published in recent months examining the dire conditions of the oceans. A recent World Resources Institute report suggests that all coral reefs could be gone by 2050 if no action is taken to protect them, while a study published earlier this year in BioScience declares oysters as “functionally extinct”, their populations decimated by over-harvesting and disease. Just last week scientists forecasted that this year’s Gulf “dead zone” will be the largest in history due to increased runoff from the Mississippi River dragging in high levels of nitrates and phosphates from fertilizers.

A recent study in the journal Nature, meanwhile, suggests that not only will the next mass extinction be man-made, but that it could already be underway. Unless humans make significant changes to their behavior, that is.

The IPSO report calls for such changes, recommending actions in key areas: immediate reduction of CO2 emissions, coordinated efforts to restore marine ecosystems, and universal implementation of the precautionary principle so “activities proceed only if they are shown not to harm the ocean singly or in combination with other activities.” The panel also calls for the UN to swiftly introduce an “effective governance of the High Seas.”

It’s not all bad news though.

“The challenges for the future of the ocean are vast, but unlike previous generations we know what now needs to happen,” Dan Laffoley of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) and co-author of the report said in a press release for the new report. “The time to protect the blue heart of our planet is now, today and urgent.”

Are you buying any of this, or is this just another environmentalist scare tactic?

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Comments

  • WoW!

    The end of days IS coming, be prepared people…….

  • ray

    Its not just a scare tactic – its a real possibility.

  • Steelcitychick

    Vanessa..this has not happened before…nowhere in history has there been this much pollution and destruction of our natural resources…yeah things die, animals die, hence co2, that’s the natural order of the life cycle, but we as humans have added man made non-biological material to this cycle, things nature can not break down….what then? If nature can’t break it down it sits there spilling its poison into our oceans, our rivers and our landfills. We need to change our way of thinking when it comes to our biological world…if you stop it from breathing, growing, and evolving it will surely die….and that is what we are doing every day.

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