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2. Oceans in Peril

We thought the sea was infinite and inexhaustible. It is not. The overall rise in ocean temperature has led to the largest movement of marine species in two to three million years, according to scientists from the Climate Change and European Marine Ecosystems Research project. A February 2012 study of fourteen protected and eighteen unprotected ecosystems in the Mediterranean Sea demonstrated that this previously healthy sea is now quickly being depleted of resources. An international team of scientists conducted the study over a period of three years and found that in well-enforced marine reserve areas the fish populations were five to ten times greater than the fish populations in unprotected areas. The work of these scientists encourages the establishment and maintenance of marine reserves.

Censored News Cluster: Environment and Health

Julia Whitty, “The End of a Myth,” OnEarth, February 27, 2012,

Richard Gray, “Warming Oceans Cause Largest Movement of Marine Species in Two Million Years,” Telegraph (UK), June 26, 2011,

David A. Gabel, “Overfishing the Mediterranean,” Environmental News Network, March 8, 2012,

Enric Sala et al., “The Structure of Mediterranean Rocky Reef Ecosystems across Environmental and Human Gradients, and Conservation Implications,” PLoS ONE 7, no. 2 (February 29, 2012),

Student Researchers: Taylor Falbisaner (Sonoma State University); Temple Chemotti (Santa Rosa Junior College)

Faculty Evaluators: Peter Phillips (Sonoma State University); Susan Rahman (Santa Rosa Junior College)

  • human overpopulation July 17, 2013

    Human overpopulation consequences at their best. Cancer rate was 3% in year 1900, in 2013 is 44% and raising. Those enviromental damages are the visual proof of the disaster caused for not balancing human population around a healthy 500 million worldwide. Betting on quality over quantity. Not empowering each human being to reach 100% of their potential, instead of chain producing and disposing them as toilet paper. Not having even reach a fraction of what they could achieve and the bright happiness they could have shine around upon doing it in balance with the awesome natural life and biologic richness grown in million years.

  • David McElroy August 15, 2013

    The ocean warming, some scientists assert, is due to geothermal temperature increases entering the seas via volcanic vents, rather than man-made climate change. The oceans are being warmed from the bottom up, as are many melting glaciers. The sun and other cosmic energy sources penetrate the Earth’s crust to be absorbed deep in the interior, and the energy warms the planet.

  • joearrigo September 6, 2013

    We capture 160 billion lbs. of fish from the sea each years, and only about 2% of overfished areas are protected. At least 100 million sharks are destroyed every year. If our present path doesn’t change, we’re going to kill the Golden Goose.

  • Robert Callaghan January 2, 2014


    – Lion populations down 90% in 20 years.
    – 50% of all Vertebrate Species may disappear before 2040.
    – 90 Elephants are killed every single day.
    – 200 Species per day are going extinct.
    – Land Animal populations down 28% since 1970.
    – Marine Bird populations down 30% since 1995.
    – Big Ocean Fish populations down 90% since 1950.
    – Fresh Water Fish populations down 50% since 1987,
    – All Marine Animal populations down 28% since 1970.
    – Plankton populations down 40% since 1950.
    – Bumblebee populations down 70% since 1970.
    – Species extinction is 100 times faster than normal.
    – Human sperm counts down 50% since 1950.
    – Human population up to 9 billion by 2050.
    – Ocean acidification to double by 2050, triple by 2100

    The 6th mass extinction event is the biggest and fastest event in earth history. We are on track for mass extinction in a few hundred years. 100 times faster than the dinosaurs. If certain keystone, or lynch pin species die off, it will be much sooner.

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