UPDATE: Lobsters too! – Since July, there have been a number of mysterious ocean kills reported from around the world, only one of which has been mentioned by the general media in the west. The kills involve a massive mollusk kill in Pakistan, seal mutilations in Great Britain and, most recently, a huge kill in Brazilian waters. On July 17, 2010, millions of dead and dying mollusks washed up along the Arabian Sea shore of Pakistan, and were videotaped on Clifton Beach in Karachi. On August 18, the British newspaper the Sun reported that over 60 seals have washed up on beaches in Norfolk and Scotland, all dead of an identical injury, a single deep cut from head to stomach. Most recently, a massive kill of alligators, fish and turtles has been reported in Brazilian waters.
In a recent study, a group of British researchers have proposed a new powerhouse of biofuel: the Gribble.
In case you aren’t familiar with the microscopic marine world, Gribble are actually tiny crustacean pests that can break down wood into sugars like no other species on Earth. Gribbles are generally considered to be the scourge of seafaring vessels – they can destroy wooden planks and piers much like termites can eat away at your home. However, they now might hold the key to future liquid biofuel processing plants.
Something most of us are not aware of: An amazing amount of trash is dumped into the ocean. It comes from landfills and from cruise ships that throw their trash directly into the sea. The ocean is becoming more and more acidic, and a surprising amount of debris is being dumped in space too.
Outer space security has become an increasingly important problem recent years, since derelict satellites and parts that “got away” when they were being repaired are orbiting the earth. We need to pass some international laws to avoid collisions with space trash!
Ocean levels could rise by as much as 5 feet in the next 100 years, drowning major coastal cities all over the world. This is much more than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) forecasted a year ago and could mean the end of island nations and low-lying countries such as Bangladesh, where 80 to 90% of the population lives within a few feet of sea level.
In BBC News, Richard Black reports quotes climatologist Svetlana Jevrejeva as saying, “The rapid rise in the coming years is associated with the rapid melting of ice sheets.”
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