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by on November 30, 2013
 
 

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/11/29/2997011/black-friday-climate/

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  1. Phil Ubriaco permalink

    The rapid acidification of the oceans does not only mean nations are blatantly not caring about CO2 emissions and their effect on the planet, but also the destruction of marine ecosystems can heavily impact nations economy and stability. Although some phytoplankton are able to adapt to the acidifying water, this high percentage of acid is a leading cause of coral reef bleaching. When the bleaching occurs, essentially the whole coral reef and its ecosystem (hundreds of different species of marine life) are terminated because its habitat and resources have been destroyed. A country such as Madagascar is heavily dependent on fishing for a source of income and food, but now is finding it harder and harder to fish and support the economy. Not only resource-starved, countries like Madagascar do not have a strong political voice and therefore cannot make necessary global changes to help prevent pollution. Wealthy, industrialized nations must realize the negative impacts they are yielding not only on the atmosphere and the oceans, but on marine ecosystems and human lives.

  2. Sammy D permalink

    The Conference on Climate Change, hosted in Warsaw this November, revealed many shocking facts and reports related to the dangerous levels of CO2 in the ocean. In the NewsWire article posted above, reports indicate that all oceans have experienced a 26% rise in acidity since the beginning of the industrial age. The atmospheric levels of CO2 pose a huge threat to the ocean, which absorbs nearly a quarter of all the human-generated emissions of CO2. The acidity of the ocean has already shown a damaging effect on the marine ecosystems, in particular on coral and crustaceans. By altering the composition of the water, the CO2 produced by our industrialized society is directly harming the marine environment of species and plants. As we read about Kivalina, the oceans are already susceptible to large changes due to climate change. With sea levels on the rise, coastal nations who are dependant on resources from the ocean now face even more problems. The growing acidity of the ocean is just another example of how we need to reduce our carbon emissions in order to protect our natural resources. The outcomes from the Conference on Climate Change are clearly a step in the right direction, however countries must use this information to enforce a policy response that will help regulate emissions of carbon dioxide.

  3. caaher16 permalink

    “Black Friday: because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have.” This is the perfect example of how consumers have taken competition to a new level by accepting a lifestyle where overabundance is more important to people than saving the only wealth that is offered to every human- the Earth’s wealth of useable water, land, fish, and climate. The Earth’s wealth is being desolate and the article suggests that the best way to stop climate change is to STOP the tendencies of overconsumption in our economy and overproduction of carbon emissions. A lifestyle of overconsumption is a lifestyle that is completely unsustainable. Black friday is mostly for children’s presents, right? Yet the worst present we are giving them is a climate change caused by our overconsumption and carbon emission patterns! What do these children’s future planet look like if we keep up these bad habits? No more fish, no more clean drinking water, no more untainted land.

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