Les océans se meurent

DigitalScience The impact of climate change on the world’s marine ecosystems was published in Science on June 17, 2010. The report looks at the impacts of climate change on the oceans through a study of existing scientific studies on the same topic. Lead author, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, the Director of the Global Change Institute, University of Queensland said in a press release that the survey was the first comprehensive synthesis of existing science. Comparing the oceans to human lungs, Hoegh-Guldberg said

« … the findings have enormous implications for mankind, particularly if the trend continues … Quite plainly, the Earth cannot do without its ocean. This study, however, shows worrying signs of ill health. It’s as if the Earth has been smoking two packs of cigarettes a day!”

Hoegh-Guldberg added

“We are entering a period in which the very ocean services upon which humanity depends are undergoing massive change and in some cases beginning to fail. Further degradation will continue to create enormous challenges and costs for societies worldwide.”

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