On World Oceans Day, this article in Mother Jones sums up the huge role oceans play in keeping life as we know it in balance.
Oceanic problems once encountered on a local scale have gone pandemic, and these pandemics now merge to birth new monsters. Tinkering with the atmosphere, we change the ocean’s chemistry radically enough to threaten life on earth as we know it. Making tens of thousands of chemical compounds each year, we poison marine creatures who sponge up plastics and PCBs, becoming toxic waste dumps in the process. Carrying everything from nuclear waste to running shoes across the world ocean, shipping fleets spew as much greenhouse gases into the atmosphere as the entire profligate United States.
The second image portrays the ongoing impact of the BP Oil Spill on ocean life. Also at Mother Jones, check out the catch of the day photo essay which depicts terrible things found in The Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Friday was World Oceans Day. Today is World Oceans Boxing Day.