The World's Marine Life Is Basically Screwed

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The calm before the storm
So it looks like bluefin tuna is only the tip of a very long ice pick where the world's imperiled marine life is concerned.

According to a new report released by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean, "The magnitude of the cumulative impacts on the ocean is greater than previously understood." Put in more direct terms, marine life is more or less fucked: Thanks to a combination of a number of stressors, including overfishing, climate change, hypoxia (low oxygen), and acidification, we're primed to witness a mass extinction never before seen in human history.

Unless, of course, we get off of our keisters and do something about it. And quickly, because scientists are warning that degradation of the oceans is happening at a much faster rate than pretty much anybody previously thought.

Reducing carbon emissions, managing commercial fishing in order to promote the restoration of ecosystems, and having greater U.N. jurisdiction over the high seas are a few of the measures the report recommends to avoid such a worst-case scenario. But as the report somewhat witheringly notes, "Technical means to achieve the solutions to many of these problems already exist, but ... current societal values prevent humankind from addressing them effectively." In other words, we may need to do more than consult those wallet-sized Monterey Bay Aquarium "best choices" seafood guides when we're contemplating the Whole Foods fish counter.

[Via Huffington Post]


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