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This GGL suggests the placement of a United Oceans. An international monitoring organization with powers to regulate fishing, minimize sea pollution and regulate water re-channeling across every country around the planet.

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About GGL #8

If Fish Could Scream

It was once said that the only man-created structure you could see from space was the Great Wall of China. Now all that has changed. Today, from the International Space Station, you will be able to spot at least two man-made disasters. A shrunken, dry Aral Sea full of toxins. And thousands of square miles of dead coral across The Great Barrier Reef.

In the last 40 years of earths history, humankind has managed to destroy more ocean life than in the last 300,000 years combined. Technology has created the means to be able to fish the oceans at massively increased levels, leaving whole seas almost empty of species, which have existed for millions of years. Each day reports pile up on the desks of environmentalists and news rooms about a new human generated disaster somewhere on or off the shores of the world's oceans. Recently it has been discovered that species of whales are the longest living creatures on earth... some over two hundred years old. But these wizened mammals continue to be hunted and killed now almost to extinction.

Seventy percent of the major fish species world-wide are being removed from the sea above the rate that they can reproduce. In the Indo-Pacific region of the planet, 20% of life enriching coral reefs have disappeared in just 20 years ... and globally, 60% of all coral reefs are expected to have disappeared completely by 2030, according to a UN report.

People on dry land, in towns, cities, offices and cosy homes have no concept or show no apparent care about what lives or dies within the inner space that covers two thirds of the Earth's surface. But this overwhelming body of water is a force that dictates the future of all life... including yours on dry land.

Here are some Looking-Glass Global News articles.

  • World reports are increasing as quantities of fish and sea mammals continue to decline at an alarming rate. In the North Sea cod are disappearing. They are not growing to full size and are being netted before they can breed. Pollutants are also blamed for the dissipating numbers.
  • Off the American west coast starved gray whales are washing up dead on beaches in the highest numbers in a quarter-century. Some scientists believe the shrinking ocean food supply may be the cause.

The Aral Sea

Within just 20 years the fourth largest inland sea on earth turned into a dry, contaminated, toxic salt plain.
The Aral Sea, which crossed between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, was once a thriving environment until the 1960's when extensive irrigation schemes were put in place. River water which normally flowed into the Aral from the Tian Shan Mountains was diverted to irrigate cotton and rice fields. Now, huge amounts of this diverted water lay as stagnant pools across the vast, badly managed cotton and rice fields.
As a result the Aral has now lost more than 60% of its water.
Over 27,000 square kilometers of former sea bottom is now a dry, toxic wasteland. Salt and chemical fertilisers blow across these dry plains spreading the effects of the disaster far and wide. The fish have all died (since what is left of the sea is a toxic soup) and the health of the people, animal and plant life around what is left of the Aral are suffering. Any river water that still reaches the sea is highly contaminated with pesticides that seep from the rice and cotton fields. For the people around the Aral Sea, diseases like Typhoid fever, viral hepatitis, TB, throat cancer, anaemia, and tuberculosis are rife. Many children are born with defects.
A footnote about the Aral Sea Disaster: The locals around the Aral sea joke that if everyone who'd come to study this disaster had brought a bucket of water, the sea would be full by now.

The Black Sea

The Black Sea looks as if it is following the way of the Aral in terms of concentrated pollution. Many regions around its northern shores are using the sea as a dumping ground for chemical toxins. The fish are disappearing at an alarming rate. Unprincipled fishermen catch whatever they can, which means younger fish are caught prematurely, not giving them enough time to spawn a next generation. The results are obvious.

The Dead Sea

As with the Aral, the level of the Dead Sea is sinking rapidly due to extraction of water from rivers which supply it. Water from the Jordan and Yarmuk rivers is being extracted by Syria, Jordan and Israel. Any remaining water left is mostly evaporating before it can reach the sea. The Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth, lying in a deep valley way below normal sea levels and presents a unique environment. Environmental experts are calling for the revival of a canal project to ensure that it survives. This would draw water in from the Red Sea.

The Corals of the Great Barrier Reef...

...are dying off at an alarming rate. Corals are delicate living creatures which provide a balanced ecosystem for millions of other interdependent sea creatures stretching thousands of kilometers along Australia's east coast. A change in sea temperature due to global warming, as well as pollution are known to be the primary reasons for this continuing disaster.

Oceans Clogged by Invisible Pollution

Besides overfishing, microscopic litter is also to blame for the decline in ocean life.
Plastic based litter is polluting the world's sea and shorelines according to research carried out by Plymouth University. The report says that human debris in the ocean has up till now been underestimated. Tiny particles of plastics are ingested by barnacles, lugworms, crustaceans and plankton, which filter water for food. In turn, seabirds feed off these creatures. All the species in this chain are currently declining. Pollutive effects of millions of tons of the microscopic plastic waste from humans is thought to be a primary cause.

More on Depleting Numbers of Fish

Quantities of fish and sea mammals continue to decline at an alarming rate across all the oceans of the world. This is mainly due to overfishing on a massive scale. Nearly every country in the world is to blame for this:
In the North Sea cod are disappearing. They are not growing to full size and are being netted before they can breed.
Pollutants are also blamed for the dissipating numbers. This is also affecting seabirds along the UK coastline as numbers are rapidly declining. The number of Kittiwakes has said to have fallen by 50% in the last five years.
Fishing for sandeels in the North Sea has now been banned. Many seabirds who fed on the sandeel have declined in numbers and overfishing of sandeels was blamed for the worst breeding season on record in 2004. However the RSPB say that even in 2005 seabirds had delayed breeding due to a mass shortage of food. Climate change is also a major cause of sandeel decline. In addition to this, scientists say that many other species of fish may completely dissapear from the North Sea by 2050.

World fish numbers now believed to be much lower than previously thought. China has been named as the culprit for distorted figures on world fish stocks.

Analysts say that Chinese officials have been lying about the number of fish being caught in their regions in an attempt to cover up over fishing practices. It turns out that China are catching far fewer fish than they claim, simply because they have over fished their regions. Researchers say this has led the Food and Agriculture Organisation to believe that global fish catches had increased, but in fact they have actually been dwindling due to depleting sea life, caused by overfishing.

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The GGL proposes a placement of a United Oceans. An international monitoring organization with powers to regulate fishing, minimize sea pollution and regulate water re-channeling across every country around the planet.

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