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Published:June 22nd, 2011 13:36 EST
Ocean Trouble, No Longer A World Away

Ocean Trouble, No Longer A World Away

By Vincent Gonzalez

A new study that came out Tuesday claims that ocean life as we know it is on the brink of a mass extinction. It claims that life in the oceans all across this planet is at a looming risk of the worst wave of extinctions in millions of years due to threats such as climate change, ocean acidification and over-fishing.

According to the study, conducted by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO), time is running short in our gambit to restore the oceans health. Efforts to counter overfishing, climate change, coral reefs collapse, and preventing the spread of dead zones " (low oxygen areas) need to be enforced and strengthened if our aim is to have a planet to live on.

The study conducted by 27 experts and submitted to the UN claims that, "Unless action is taken now, the consequences of our activities are at a high risk of causing, through the combined effects of climate change, over-exploitation, pollution and habitat loss, the next globally significant extinction event in the ocean." (1.)

In my opinion, it`s nothing new. It`s already evident that the earth, our home is warming, with most research suggesting the increase use and burning of fossil fuels as the main culprit. This overall buildup of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is what`s causing temperatures worldwide to go up.

 I agree with the study` overall conclusion, claiming that over-fishing is probably the most easiest effort governments can take to reverse the trend of a mass extinction of ocean life. But climate change, unless seriously addressed and tackled by policy change is an issue that seems to be at the center of this problem. Governments around the world need to be willing to combat climate change by switching to cleaner sources of energy.

Reference: Harvey, Jan. Ocean life on the brink of mass extinctions: study. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 June 2011.