Sunday, October 22, 2006

Ocean Dead Zones Rise

We need leadership in this country and on this planet who can take on problems like this, not morons who whine about the "death tax" and other such made up problems:

Health/Science U.N.:
Number of Ocean 'Dead Zones' Rise

Scientists have found 200 "dead zones" in the world's oceans -- places where pollution threatens fish, other marine life and the people who depend on them. The United Nations report Thursday showed a 34 percent jump in the number of such zones from just two years ago.

Pollution-fed algae, which deprives other living marine life of oxygen, is the cause of most of the world's dead zones that cover tens of thousands of square miles of waterways. Scientists chiefly blame fertilizer and other farm run-off, sewage and fossil-fuel burning.

Those contain an excess of nutrients, particularly phosphorous and nitrogen, that cause explosive blooms of tiny plants known as phytoplankton. When they die, they sink to the bottom, where they are eaten by bacteria that use up the oxygen in the water.

"The low levels of oxygen in the water make it difficult for fish, oysters and other marine creatures to survive as well as important habitats such as sea grass beds," U.N. officials said. "These areas are fast becoming major threats to fish stocks and thus to the people who depend upon fisheries for food.

The oceans are in trouble.

Do you think anyone in the White House even cares?

~Posted for Gregg

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