The Dead Sea might get some company soon. In a recent report, scientists have stated that humans are destroying the world’s oceans much worse than previously thought. In fact, things have gotten even worse than the “worse case scenario” predicting just a few short years ago. Pollution, habitat destruction, global warming, overfishing – the list goes on and on at how the human race is killing off the ocean race. And these factors have a far greater negative impact when combined with one another. It all adds up to trouble for our oceans.
“Things seem to be going wrong on several different levels,” one of the participants in the study,Carl Lundin, the director of global marine programs at the International Union for Conservation of Nature, told the Associated Press. “It was a more dire report than any of us thought because we look at our own little issues. When you put them all together, it’s a pretty bleak situation.”
Just how dire and bleak is the underwater situation? Potentially mass extinction bad. Currently habitat loss and overfishing are the biggest culprits, with global warming catching up fast. And oil spills, plastics and chemicals are causing far more damage than they did in the past.
“We now face losing marine species and entire marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs, within a single generation,” states the report.
However, as is usually the case, all is not lost if we are willing to change our ways.
“Some of these things are reversible if we change our behaviour,” Lundin states.