A recent study shows that rampant global warming will probably do a lot of harm to sea creatures. This can have a devastating impact on the ecology of the planet.
It has been found that if global warming and the greenhouse effect are not curbed within the nick of time by humanity, marine life could be badly influenced by the extra atmospheric heat. The hot temperatures could cause fish to travel to cooler habitats and coral reefs too could be destroyed as a result.
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To limit the temperatures to within two degrees above the climate in the good old days when there were no signs of industrial civilization is a must. Otherwise the global warming could have dire consequences for the marine life in the oceans which comprise 90% of the habitable area for animals.
The Ocean 2015 Initiative yielded evidence that pointed to the treasures mankind exploits from oceanography. From dependence upon seafood all the way to many other benefits, the services sought by humanity from the seas and oceans are too many too even begin to list.
“All the species and services we get from the ocean will be impacted,” said co-author William Cheung, associate professor at the University of British Columbia.
In fact, our very lifestyle is intertwined with oceanic activities. But with global warming at an all time high and showing no signs of ceasing its relentless drive, the very warp and weft of sealife could be damaged beyond repair.
Especially, the carbon dioxide emissions have to be stopped in their tracks if we want things to go back to normal. Otherwise there seems to be no way out of the conundrum. The shifts of populations of fish to colder waters will negatively effect the biodiversity of the ocean. And as the ocean becomes less and less efficient at absorbing carbon dioxide emissions, the sufferers will be human beings alone.
The acid rain that will be formed from the environmental pollution will be like an entity from our worst nightmares. As the tides will come up to compensate for the changes in temperature, oxygen will become a rare commodity and widespread pestilence and plagues will become the order of the day.
This is more of an Orwellian scenario although it has more to do with the natural order rather than the social. And when corals bear the negative impact of these unfortunate series of events set into motion by man, it will be a catastrophe indeed.
It is time humankind acted on its intelligence and reason instead of on its instincts alone. If this is not done, the resultant eco-crisis will be so gigantic in its dimensions that it will wipe out the species along with man from the face of the earth.
Carol Turley, of Plymouth Marine Laboratory, a co-author, said: “The ocean is at the frontline of climate change with its physics and chemistry being altered at an unprecedented rate so much so that ecosystems and organisms are already changing and will continue to do so as we emit more CO2.
“The ocean provides us with food, energy, minerals, drugs and half the oxygen in the atmosphere, and it regulates our climate and weather.
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“We are asking policy makers to recognise the potential consequences of these dramatic changes and raise the profile of the ocean in international talks where, up to now, it has barely got a mention.”