The dying oceans will doom humanity unless we make drastic changes, says Oceanographer Jeremy Jackson

Is the ocean too big to boil?  We look at the oceans, covering 3/4ths of the planets surface, and they look too vast for humans to have any permanent impact on them.  Yet the oceans are filling up with plastic trash, with radiation from Fukushima, there are growing dead zones everywhere, and the sea level will rise due to climate change global warming effects.  This is a byproduct of human industries producing crap we don’t need, the agriculture system pouring poisons (agricultural runoff) down the rivers, and the collective dependency on fossil fuels to heat homes and drive cars.

We are boiling the oceans.  The oceans are the source of life on this planet, and it’s gonna be bad in a few years.

Oceanographer Jeremy Jackson recently gave a lecture to the Naval War College laying out the problem.  What he gave was not theorization, but based on scientifically gathered data.  Facts.

 

That’s just one of the factoids he showed demonstrating that the oceans are dying.  He’s got a bunch more data to go along with this.

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It’s a bad time to be a coral right now, and as a result coral beds around the world are rapidly dying.

I’ve written up a full summary of his talk on the Green Transportation Wiki, but this gives you the thrust of the argument.

He didn’t just get in front of all those Admirals and scare them.  He gave some really sound advice that boils down to less consumption, and a drastic change in the way things are done.

As he points out – Americans use energy and resources at a much higher rate per capita than almost every other country on the planet.  Specifically, our resource consumption rate is twice that of most European countries, and they live just fine.  In fact they have a better quality of living than we do, on half the resource consumption.

Here’s what he suggested for the energy and transportation sector:

Click on the above link for more, and watch the video to hear how he put it.

The good news is that “we” are already moving in the direction Jackson suggests.  The bad scary news is that the changes are nowhere near what are needs to preserve enough of the ecosphere to have a decent future.  Let’s speed up vehicle electrification and renewable energy adoption NOW!

 

About David Herron

David Herron is a writer and software engineer living in Silicon Valley. He primarily writes about electric vehicles, clean energy systems, climate change, peak oil and related issues. When not writing he indulges in software projects and is sometimes employed as a software engineer. David has written for sites like PlugInCars and TorqueNews, and worked for companies like Sun Microsystems and Yahoo.

About David Herron

David Herron is a writer and software engineer living in Silicon Valley. He primarily writes about electric vehicles, clean energy systems, climate change, peak oil and related issues. When not writing he indulges in software projects and is sometimes employed as a software engineer. David has written for sites like PlugInCars and TorqueNews, and worked for companies like Sun Microsystems and Yahoo.

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