Sunday, June 14, 2009

Underwater disaster predicted

How serious are the aspects of global warming and carbon emissions? Many know that failure to reduce carbon emissions will eventually lead to a natural disaster and the possible death of our planet. However, most of these things are talked about in forums in big hotels or in classrooms or at exhibitions and seminars, but how much do we all contribute to ensuring that carbon emissions are kept to the minimum or how we can change our lifestyles to make the world a livable place for generations to come?

I was reading an article in The Guardian written by Toni O’Loughlin, about an “underwater catastrophe”. O’Loughlin refers to a World Wildlife Fund (WWF) report that warns of two-fifths of the planet’s most significant marine environment – coral reefs stretching across southeast Asia – being lost and the remainder likely to disappear by the end of this century. Pollution, over-fishing and climate change are destroying the area known as the Coral Triangle, which covers an area about half the size of the United States and is home to more than 30% of the world’s corals and more than 35% of the coral-reef fish (around 3,000 species), he explains. He quotes the WWF report stating that reduced food and water security and the resulting social disruption could present a potential threat to regional security. O’Loughlin adds that scientists have warned that changes to the ocean caused by carbon dioxide emissions or acidification could lead to an “underwater catastrophe”, damaging wildlife, food production and livelihoods.

The oceans absorb around 30% of CO2 released into the atmosphere by human activity.

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