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Webinar tomorrow: How (the hell) did we lose the Great Barrier Reef? And other questions on marine ecosystems.
How (the hell) did we lose the Great Barrier Reef? And other questions on marine ecosystems
Our (humans) view of the world is very land-centric. Our concerns regarding the planet pertain largely to species, natural resources, and ecosystems found on land.
We know, but often forget that the earth is more than 70 percent oceans. We know, but often forget that oceans:
- Provide more than 50 percent of the air we breathe
- Absorb half the CO2 produced worldwide;
- Support mangrove forests, coral reefs, sea grass beds and other marine ecosystems from natural disasters such as tsunamis
- Nourish more than a billion people that are dependent on what the sea offers
- help regulate earth’s climate through ocean currents.
- An estimated 400 ecosystems have collapsed due to waste produced by large-scale livestock industry, that was dumped in the sea.
- Our seas and oceans absorb one third of our anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Since the industrial revolution, they have become 30% more acidic with disastrous consequences on the fertility of many sea animals and corals. Bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef is the most well known, recent example.
- The Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean, which covers an area 32 times the size of the Netherlands.
To attend the webinar, to read more about the speakers, and for other related resources, please visit http://thewaterchannel.tv/webinars
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