We saw how Green living is about the environment we live in, the welfare of animals, and our respect for nature and our planet.
In oceans, as on land, there is a natural interconnection of creatures that forms a kind of food chain.
If you think about the food chain logically it is simple to understand how, without plankton, all of the oceans animals would die. Without phytoplankton, zooplankton would not have food and die. Without zooplankton, krill, smaller fish and other crustaceans would have nothing to eat and they would die. The circle has started all the way to large mammals like whales and dolphins. All animals in the ocean depend on plankton for survival.
We have a deep connection with Vital Choice Seafood and this month they shared how the food chain is at risk from carbon-caused acidification.
You may have heard about the grave threat that civilization’s carbon emissions pose to the ocean food chain via acidification of the seas.
Healthy oceans and coastal ecosystems also serve as carbon sinks that can be key allies in the fight against rapid global warming.
Monday’s New York Times presented an Op-Ed essay by British marine scientist Dan Laffoley of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, titled “To Save the Planet, Save the Seas”.
It is an enlightening read, as these excerpts attest (Laffoley D 2009):
“in addition to producing most of the oxygen we breathe, the ocean absorbs some 25 percent of current annual carbon dioxide emissions. Half the world’s carbon stocks are held in plankton, mangroves, salt marshes and other marine life.
“Worldwide, coastal habitats like these are being lost because of land reclamation and fish farming, while coastal pollution and overfishing have further damaged habitats and reduced the variety of species.
Read on Laffoley’s timely essay.
Carbon is killing crustaceans and reefs critical to fish
The accelerating danger of ocean acidification is detailed in the moving documentary “A Sea Change,” which debuted last March at the Smithsonian Museum.
While clarifying the crisis, the film features gorgeous ocean footage and the intimate story of a Norwegian-American family whose heritage is bound up with the sea.
Ocean acidity has increased almost one-third since the mid-1800’s and the rate of acidification will accelerate in the coming decades.
Carbon-caused ocean acidification can spell disaster for the marine food chain with dire consequences for fishing communities as well as human health and nutrition.
To know more about this overlooked crisis.
Like global warming, ocean acidification will alter the world as we know it, but with far greater certainty that the changes will be bad for everyone, everywhere.
Courtesy of Craig Weatherby and Vital Choice Seafood
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