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We're Killing Our Lakes and Oceans. The Consequences are Real.

Eelco Rohling & Joseph Ortiz

We're Killing Our Lakes and Oceans. The Consequences are Real. 

We only need to look to the Mediterranean Sea and the North American Great Lakes for dramatic illustrations of what lies in store if we don't act now. 

On January 5, 2018, a paper published in the journal Science delivered a sobering message: The oxygenation of open oceans and coastal seas has been steadily declining during the past half century. The volume of ocean with no oxygen at all has quadrupled, and the volume where oxygen levels are falling dangerously low has increased even more. 

We're seeing the same thing happen in major lakes. 

The main culprits are warming and - especially in coastal seas and lakes - eutrophication caused by enhanced nutrient loads in runoff. The findings reaffirm that we urgently need to address global warming, and that we are in need of an updated Clean Water Act....

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POSTED: Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 3:03pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 3:23pm