Ocean life ‘facing mass extinction’
Pollution, global warming and other man-made problems are pushing the world’s oceans to the brink of a mass extinction of marine life unprecedented in tens of millions of years, a consortium of scientists has warned.
Dying coral reefs, biodiversity ravaged by invasive species, expanding open-water “dead zones,” toxic algae blooms, and the massive depletion of big fish stocks are all accelerating, according to the report, which is due to be presented at the United Nations on Tuesday.
“We now face losing marine species and entire marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs, within a single generation,” the report said.
Sponsored by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO), the review of recent science found that ocean health has declined further, faster and to a far greater extent than dire forecasts only a few years ago.
These symptoms, moreover, could be the harbinger of wider environmental disruptions, scientists said.
All five mass extinctions of life on Earth – reaching back more than 500 million years – were preceded by many of the same conditions now afflicting the ocean environment.
The rate at which carbon is being absorbed by the ocean is already far greater than at the time of the last globally significant extinctions, which wiped out up to 50 per cent of some deep-sea animals, the report said.
Overfishing has also reduced some commercial fish stocks by more than 90 per cent, it said.
“The results are shocking,” said Alex Rogers, an Oxford professor who heads IPSO and co-authored the report. “We are looking at consequences for humankind that will impact in our lifetime.”
With the ever growing thirst for clean water to suffice the multitudes, and rivers that once supplied the dams to create power, as well as the water for nuclear power plants now becoming contaminated and not readily usable, the thing taken for granted – electrical current, will be disrupted worldwide; plunging cities and rural communities into darkness at night. And the painful diseases will continue to spread like wildfire:
Revelation 16:10, 11 “The Fifth Bowl
The fifth poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues from pain and blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, yet they did not repent of their actions.”
The unbalanced rains of toxins will cause rivers to dry up as droughts become the norm, and this will culminate into war; world domination for what dwindling resources are left intact.