Life in the world’s oceans is heading the way of the dinosaurs, says an alarming expert study just released. The International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) says man-made causes are propelling us towards the worst multiple extinctions the planet has known for the past 65 million years.
Excessive carbon dioxide, pollution and over-fishing are named among the annihilating culprits. The study says that, unless immediate, globally collective actions are taken “we face losing marine species and entire marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs, within a single generation.”
Fish are the main source of protein for a fifth of the world’s population, and the seas help absorb carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas from human activities. Crucially, the experts say, reversal for survival would require policy change away from fossil fuels.