“Back of a Humpback”
Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)
Prince William Sound, Alaska
Canon 100-400mm lens @ 200mm
1/500 sec @ f5
© Teklanika Photography 2013
courtesy of Anchorage Daily News
by Anna Tomforde
The world’s oceans are degenerating far faster than predicted and marine life is facing extinction due to a range of human impacts — from over-fishing to climate change — a report compiled by international scientists warned Tuesday.
The cumulative impact of “severe individual stresses,” ranging from climate warming and sea-water acidification to widespread chemical pollution and overfishing, would threaten the marine environment with a catastrophe “unprecedented in human history.”
The conclusions were published by a panel of international scientists who reviewed recent research at a workshop at Oxford University, in Britain. They will be presented to the United Nations in New York later this week for discussions on reforming governance of the oceans.
The report warned that damage to marine life would harm its ability to support humans, and that entire ecosystems, such as coral reefs, could be lost in a generation.