Warm­ing oceans sicker than ever, sci­en­tists warn

The Myanmar Times - - World -

GLOBAL warm­ing is mak­ing the oceans sicker than ever be­fore, spread­ing dis­ease among an­i­mals and hu­mans and threat­en­ing food se­cu­rity across the planet, a ma­jor sci­en­tific re­port said.

The find­ings, based on peer­re­viewed re­search, were com­piled by 80 sci­en­tists from 12 coun­tries, ex­perts said at the In­ter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture (IUCN) World Con­ser­va­tion Congress in Hawaii.

“We all know that the oceans sus­tain this planet. We all know that the oceans pro­vide ev­ery sec­ond breath we take,” IUCN di­rec­tor Gen­eral Inger An­der­sen said. “And yet we are mak­ing the oceans sick.”

The re­port, “Ex­plain­ing Ocean Warm­ing”, is the “most com­pre­hen­sive, most sys­tem­atic study we have ever un­der­taken on the con­se­quence of this warm­ing on the ocean”, one of the lead au­thors, Dan Laf­fo­ley, said.

The world’s wa­ters have ab­sorbed more than 93 per­cent of the en­hanced heat­ing from cli­mate change since the 1970s, curb­ing the heat felt on land but dras­ti­cally al­ter­ing the rhythm of life in the ocean, he said.

The study in­cluded ev­ery ma­jor marine ecosys­tem, con­tain­ing ev­ery­thing from mi­crobes to whales, in­clud­ing the deep ocean. –

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