A new report from World Wide Fund for nature makes for a sobering read. Living Blue Planet Report- Species, Habitats and Human Well-being is the culmination of a forty-five year research project to chart the changing environment of the Earth's seas. Almost three quarters of the planet are covered by the sea; life began there and the majority of life forms still live in it. However this majority is far smaller than it used to be. In fact the gross biomass of the oceans has declined by almost half since just 1970. This is shocking but sadly true. The scientists calculated this figure by observing certain key species of mammals, birds, amphibians, fish, reptiles and plankton that are regarded to be indicators of marine health in general because of their habitat and place in the food chain. This average figure of 49% vacillates worryingly over the halfway line in some families of creatures. The genus Scombridae, which includes tuna, bonitoes and mackerel, have been reduced by a chilling 74%; almost three quarters of them have vanished in forty-five years. The sea cucumber population of the
Islands have all but gone; just 2% remain of the numbers recorded
in 1993; that's just twenty-two years. These megadeaths are partly caused by
overfishing. Before 1993 nobody fished for sea cucumbers in the Galapagos. A
similar extinction has taken place in the Red Sea too. Scombridae fish are some of the most
commonly edible sea creatures of all. Attempts have begun to reform the fishing
industry and make it sustainable, but these have been half-hearted, badly
managed and destructive to people's livelihoods. Although many pretend
otherwise, humans are a part of nature and three billion people, that's almost
half the people in the world, are dependent on fish as their principle source
of protein and their economy generally. Sixty percent of the population live
within sixty-two miles of the coast. As Chief Seattle
said over a hundred and fifty years ago: "What befalls the Earth befalls
the children of the Earth.", see: http://hpanwo.blogspot.co.uk/2007/11/chief-seattles-letter.html.
One of the worst disasters effecting the oceans are the withering of coral
reefs. These are the richest habitats of biodiversity beneath the waves;
they're sometimes called the "rainforests of the seas." Twenty-five
percent of all marine animal and plant species live in them. Because of poor
water quality from pollution, along with the oceans warming up and becoming
more acidic, three quarters of the world's coral reefs are threatened and by
about 2050 it's projected that they will be gone unless they can be saved
somehow. Coral reefs also protect coastlines from erosion; without them, storms
and hurricanes would do far more damage to coasts than they currently do.
Another treasure house of life are the coastal wetlands; mangrove swamps and
saltwater marshes. Twenty percent of these have been lost since just 1980. Some
have been sterilized by pollution, especially the Mississippi
delta. This was caused mostly by the Deepwater Horizons disaster which totally
devastated the area's four hundred year old sustainable fishing industry, see: http://hpanwo.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/shift-2-with-ian-r-crane.html
The trail of blood reads on: Seventy-two percent of north Atlantic deep sea
fish are gone, one in four shark and ray species are threatened, as are seventy
percent of marine turtles. Sea-grass has declined by thirty percent etc.
Why is this happening? Several culprits are nominated, including that universal scapegoat- climate change caused by man-made Carbon™ emissions, see here for more details: http://hpanwo-voice.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/2015-and-climate-change.html. However other causes of this mass extinction are very real: wasteful fishing practices, chemical runoff from rivers and ships, coastal development, oil spills, gas drilling and rubbish dumping, including millions of tons of imperishable plastic bags. The sadness I feel at this news is mixed with anger. Like environmental destruction on land, all of this is preventable. There are many solutions. Some of them have already been tried on a small scale, such as tighter pollution control and organic fishing; I'm relieved to tell you that they have had some success and parts of the sea have recovered in recent years. However the real issue is, as always, energy, see background links below. With the declassification of free energy we would need no more oil or gas so all those filthy oil rigs could be closed down. The ability to desalinate seawater for irrigation at minimal cost would free up millions of acres of land for farming that are currently too barren, and so would reduce deforestation. Proper organic farming would help, see Graham Harvey's segment here: http://hpanwo.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/bases-2015.html, but free energy is the key. Free energy could also allow the construction of huge fish farms that would provide all the piscine nutrients we need with negligible environmental impact. All this must come to pass soon in order to save the planet. Mass extinctions in the past began in the sea and spread to land, like the Permian Mass-Extinction that killed ninety-five percent of all life two hundred and fifty million years ago. The news in this article will be used by the depopulators unless we can break through their propaganda, see: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/erik-pianka-and-overpopulation.html. The free energy issue is inextricably connected to that of UFO's, so UFOlogists and Disclosure advocates can help, see: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/ufo-disclosure-2015-truth-or-greer.html. So as depressing as this subject is, we must not give up. Mother Earth needs us!
See here for background: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/energy-politics-and-ufos-2015.html.