Oceanic dead zones emit potent greenhouse gas and accelerate global warming.
As a growing number of oxygen-deprived “dead zones” in the world’s seas not only threaten marine plant and animal life, the suffocating waters also give off the greenhouse gas nitrous oxide.
In an article published in the journal “Science,” Dr. Lou Codispoti, oceanographer at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science in the USA explains that the warming oceans are causing microbes, especially those in the more shallow, low-oxygen zones, to produce high levels of the gas, which are then passed into the atmosphere to further aggravate climate change.
Along with trapping 289 times more heat than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period, nitrous oxide also further depletes the Earth's ozone layer, thus increasing our exposure to harmful UV radiation.
Dr. Codispoti, your study indeed sounds a warning that cannot be ignored and we are grateful for your observations. Let us all act now in planet-cooling endeavors to stabilize the environments of both land and sea.
Supreme Master Ching Hai has often cautioned about the detriments of poisonous gases being released by the warming oceans, along with global warming’s root solution, as during an international gathering with our Association members in February 2008.
Supreme Master Ching Hai: You see, the gases are fuming from the ocean and from the land that’s been deforested. It’s fuming everywhere. It’s just that at the moment, it’s not so intense. , yeah? But it’ll be more and more intense if we don’t do something. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100311141213.htm http://www.epa.gov/nitrousoxide/sources.html http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/12/aquatic-dead-zones-produce-greenhouse-gas-300x-more-potent-than-co2/world-wide-dead-zones/Extra News
Everybody knows by now, from the UN Report that meat eating, animal raising, it’s one of the worst factors, or even the worst factor of global warming.
And nobody talks about it. Everybody says, okay, new energy, biofuel, hybrid car, dig a hole and store the carbon. As if it will not bust one day. And before that you have to breathe in already, as if it will not affect you.
What is so difficult, to put down one piece of meat, and replace it with one piece of tofu. Which is exactly the same, better nutrition. Better for your health. More economized.
Hundreds of Russians rally in a call for the continued closure of a paper mill on Siberia’s Lake Baikal, expressing concern that its re-opening will jeopardize aquatic life in one of the world's largest freshwater reserves. http://www.physorg.com/news188930621.htmlhttp://www.rferl.org/content/Russians_Protest_Reopening_Of_Baikal_Mill/1995479.html
Analyzing the growth rings of rare cypress trees in Âu Lạc (Vietnam), researchers report that climate change-related drought and damage to a key irrigation system ultimately resulted in the fall 600 years ago of Angkor, capital of the ancient Khmer Empire of Cambodia. http://esciencenews.com/articles/2010/03/29/did.climate.influence.angkors.collapse http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/03/22/0910827107.abstract?sid=2d19ca5c-3810-46b7-b3c1-e3e3cbc48867
The Los Angeles, USA Department of Water and Power approves a carbon surcharge for residents and businesses that is expected to transform the city into a sustainable hub as funds are invested in alternative energy, eco-job creation and other green solutions. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/sci/2010-03/19/c_13217503.htm
Malaysian-born actress and animal lover Michelle Yeoh stars in a one-hour National Geographic Channel documentary that highlights the plight of endangered orangutans, encouraging better stewardship to avoid their extinction. http://redapes.org/video-media/among-the-orangutans-with-michelle-yeoh/http://www.straitstimes.com/Life%2521/LifePeople/Story/STIStory_507671.html