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  An Extremely Dire Wake-Up Call
by Mr. Ed
Monday, February 28, 2011
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Learning and Discovery Can Often Be Quite Painful:

 

First I learned we’re The Smelliest Creatures on Earth,

Then I discovered we’re Just Specks in The Cosmos;

Now, another very recent scientific sea study,

And these dire findings, sadden me the most.

 

 

 

“Everything that ever walked or crawled

On the face of this Earth,

Swum the depths of its oceans,

Or soared through its skies,

Had its origins right here.”

 

Robert M. Fresco 

 

 

Music: Conquest of Paradise

 

 

 

A new study has just been released

By: The World Resources Institute

It’s entitled: ‘Reefs at Risk, Revisited’

And, its conclusions are not very good

 

This is a follow-up report, to one from 1998

And, it is far more comprehensive than the last

It concludes that: 75 percent of our oceans’ reefs

Are already in peril, with deterioration occurring fast

 

We’ve been causing severe, planet-wide damage to our life-giving reefs

From our never ending pollution, drag-fishing, and coastal development

Yet, the majority of all life found in our oceans, depends on these reefs

And by the year 2030, 90 percent of all these coral reefs, could be dead

 

These magnificent ancient reefs, which have given so much, to all life

Which have produced countless generations of fish, to feed everyone

Which have provided so many wondrous plants, to help cure diseases

And which, in a few decades, by the hand of man, may soon be done

 

And yet, so many human beings today, continue to scoff at the notion

That we are killing our oceans, and all the wondrous life, they all sustain

Too many want to continue to harvest and destroy everything they hold

Content to leave future generations with nothing left, from what we gain

 

“Three quarters of the world’s life-giving coral reefs,

And all of the varied oceanic life that they all sustain,

Are today being seriously threatened and now destroyed,

By shipping, over-fishing, extremely destructive ‘drag’ fishing,

Massive coastal development, oil spillage, air and water pollution,

Climate change, warming sea temperatures, and ocean acidification.

 

“By the year 2030, this figure could be 90 percent,

And by 2050, all of our coral reefs, could be dead.”

 

‘Reefs at Risk, Revisited’

 

 
 


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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 3/10/2011
Reefs have come and gone for eons for natural reasons. This is no excuse for our poor husbandry and we will bear the ultimate brunt because reefs will be around long after us. Patrick.
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 3/7/2011
Wow! This is so frightening! Humankind is the most destructive force on Earth! And we never seem to learn from our hard-earned lessons...
Well done, Ed!

Anna
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 3/2/2011
excellent, timely article, don't think mankind will wake up any time soon, sad to say
Reviewed by jude forese 3/1/2011
certainly opened my eyes ...
Reviewed by Dawn Mullan 3/1/2011
a time worthy piece. thank you, dawn
Reviewed by Alexandra Midnight 3/1/2011
“By the year 2030, this figure could be 90 percent, And by 2050, all of our coral reefs, could be dead.” That is a scary statistic. Sometimes I question how much people care. I just hope this ends up no becomeing true.
AM

Reviewed by John Flanagan 2/28/2011
i know not many like it but the only real solution for the future and survival of this planet is our removal.
Another fine, relevant and timely work, Ed.

John
Reviewed by Lew Duffey 2/28/2011
I don't know about that evolution thing. Maybe, maybe not. Only God knows but I agree we were to have deminion over it all and we are failures at it. Same on us.
God bless,
Lew
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/28/2011
like everything else on this planet, is being destroyed,will we ever do anything about it? Another fine write bro...
Reviewed by Felix Perry 2/28/2011
Sad that we as humans can search for new planets to explore while not being able to maintain the one we already have...
fee
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 2/28/2011
dismal indeed
Reviewed by Michael Guy 2/28/2011
And, even worse, despite what the uneducated scoffers say: "Global Climate Change" is a big factor in this oceanic food chain destruction. Those people just can't do the "math" and they fail to see that IT IS OUR FOOD CHAIN as well. Also over-fishing is a big part of it - I don't eat fish in restaurants, so who are these people? I can't even take a salt-water fish (kill 1 for food) as I did a year ago and not feel guilty! Yet my lifestyle is very minimal. And I wanted to go fishing with you someday! (that's freshwater) May there be some left!
Later, Michael
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 2/28/2011
This is truly disheartening!
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/28/2011
For shame, fortunately though WE won't be around to see it, though our progeny will have to deal with what we caused during our reign on this once beautiful planet...e
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/28/2011
Shame on us as a human race!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Texas, Karen Lynn. :(

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