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Ecosystem Collapse... Is Earth Dying?
By Megan Maloy

"...America's ocean and coastal ecosystems continue to show signs of degradation, thereby compromising human health, damaging the economy, and harming marine life."1

Why the Oceans are Vital to Human Existence
"The oceans provided the cradle from which all life evolved. They sustain life through evaporation which fills the atmosphere with vapor, producing clouds and rain to grow crops, fill reservoirs, and recharge underground aquifers... Ocean carbon is used by the sea's immense population of phytoplankton to produce oxygen for our atmosphere."2

"The transport and transformation of heat, carbon, and many other gases and chemicals in the ocean play a central role in controlling, moderating, and altering global climate."3

What is Destroying the Earth
Temperature increase, over fishing, nutrient loading (the altering of the levels of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorous), introduced/invasive species; diseases (the main concern is the parasites that may come along with the new species and the food chain disruption), sedimentation, and other factors are all involved in the destruction of Earth's oceans.4 Through human interference and over utilization of the resources our oceans offer us, they will continually decline until all are annihilated or too polluted to be of any use.

Bush... Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil
President Bush states that his "...Administration takes the issue of global climate change very seriously."5 When trying to defend his noncompliance to the Kyoto Protocol, which has been adopted by over 100 countries, he claims that because carbon dioxide is not considered to be a "pollutant" under the Clean Air Act, that it must not have a damaging effect on the environment.6

In the article prepared for the Pew Center, three scientists established that "accompanying this CO2 increase is an observed increase in temperature, and a global climate change decrease in pH of the surface ocean"7

In a report written by the Environmental Protection Agency, The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that "the present atmospheric CO2 increase is caused by anthropogenic emissions of CO2... Forest clearing, other biomass burning, and some nonenergy production processes (e.g., cement production) also emit notable quantities of carbon dioxide... the increased amount of carbon dioxide [in the atmosphere] is leading to climate change and will produce, on average, a global warming of the Earth's surface because of its enhanced greenhouse effect..."8

Obviously Bush is the only one that believes that carbon dioxide is not bad for the environment. Actually, the worst part is that since he worded his speech so well and claimed that carbon dioxide is not a "pollutant" under the Clean Air Act, that is seems like he realizes it is detrimental to our air quality, but cares more about the oil companies than the health of the world.

According to a report written for the Pentagon, it is possible that in the next 10 to 20 years, "famine, disease, and weather-related disasters" may "strike due to the abrupt climate" change.9

Meanwhile, pollution could jeopardize the safety of drinking water for millions of people living near or around the Great Lakes."10

Can Bush really get away with refuting the Kyoto Protocol because it is not considered a "pollutant" in the clean air act? Who is he kidding? Bush allies in the oil companies love him because he makes it much easier for them to emit whatever they want and run their businesses cheaper, but those that love the Earth must become his enemy. It is time to put a stop to his shenanigans and end the presidency that has caused us so much grief.

Action Must Be Taken
"In the desirable future, the oceans and coasts would be clean, safe, and sustainably managed. The oceans would contain a high level of biodiversity and contribute significantly to the economy, supporting multiple beneficial uses, including food production, development of energy and mineral resources, recreation, transportation of goods and people, and the discovery of novel life-saving drugs and other useful products. The coasts would be attractive places to live, work and play, with clean water and beaches, easy public access, vibrant economies, safe bustling harbors and ports, adequate roads and services, and special protection for sensitive habitats."11

"Meaningful change will require a reorientation of political, economic, and social attitudes and behaviors. Such change is likely to take time, but it must begin now if we are to reverse a continuing decline in the health and economic vitality of ocean and coastal waters."12

"Although losses in some areas have been significant and continue, in other areas sound policy and sustained investments have slowed or reversed harmful trends. There is every reason to believe that wise actions taken today, based on the best available science, can restore what has been lost and create benefits even greater than we see today. But to obtain these benefits, our nation's leaders must take immediate steps to formulate a coherent, comprehensive, and effective national ocean policy."13

The question is... will Americans wake up in time to elect candidates whose primary objective is to save Earth?


1 Preliminary Report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy Governor's Draft, Washing, D.C., April 2004
2 Preliminary Report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy Governor's Draft, Washing, D.C., April 2004
3 Preliminary Report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy Governor's Draft, Washing, D.C., April 2004
4 Prepared for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change- Coral reefs: Potential Contributions of Climate Change to Stresses on Coral Reef Ecosystems & Global climate change
5 Text of a Letter from the President to Senators Hagel, Helms, Craig, and Roberts March 13, 2001
6 Text of a Letter from the President to Senators Hagel, Helms, Craig, and Roberts March 13, 2001
7 Prepared for the Pew Center on Global Climate Change- Coral reefs: Potential Contributions of Climate Change to Stresses on Coral Reef Ecosystems & Global climate change
8 U.S. Greenhouse Gas Inventory Program- Office of Atmospheric Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency April 2002
9 An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications for United States National Security October 2003
10 Preliminary Report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy Governor's Draft, Washing, D.C., April 2004
11 Preliminary Report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy Governor's Draft, Washing, D.C., April 2004
12 Preliminary Report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy Governor's Draft, Washing, D.C., April 2004
13 Preliminary Report of the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy Governor's Draft, Washing, D.C., April 2004

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