Toxic Chemicals, Micro Plastics, Ocean Acidification and Climate Change
We are marine biologists dedicated to helping protect the Oceans because if we lose the Oceans the terrestrial ecosystem will also collapse. We are very close to allowing this to happen.
Europe manufactures 200,000 tonnes a year of toxic priority chemicals that are deemed too toxic to expose to humans or to enter the environment. Yet many thousands of tonnes are discharged into rivers and the seas, and it is not even monitored. Around the world the input of these chemicals is huge. We depend up the oceans for to to 90% of our oxygen and CO2 fixation, yet we may have lost 40% of the ability of the oceans to perform this task since the 1950’s and the chemical revolution. NASA reports that we are now losing 1% of ocean life every year!
It is unbelievable that the problems have been almost completely ignored. However when you project the rate of change of Ocean pH using data from the IPCC, we will achieve a pH of 7.9 to 7.95 over the next 25 to 50 years. There will the be a trophic cascade failure of the marine ecosystem and we lose all fish, whales, seals, seabirds and the food supply for over 1.5 billion people and climate change will accelerate at 5 times the rate. This is not speculation, it is going to happen unless we act now to curb not only the burning of fossil fuels but the discharge or toxic chemicals.
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The Goes Foundation is a not for profit organisation set up to raise awareness about the damage inflicted on the Oceans by priority chemicals, plastics and toxic substances