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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Brave New Ocean talk by Jeremy Jackson of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Sackler Symposium lecture

OK, readers, please, whatever you do, do not watch this talk if you are at all prone to plunge into real depression.  Just skip it, please.

p.s.  I am not prone to deep depression, but this thing depressed the hell outta me.


Paolo said...

Hi Tenney,
thanks for this terrific lecture by prof Jackson.
Talking about the oceans you shouldn't miss this 2008 Science paper by Diaz and Rosenberg reporting on Spreading Dead Zones and Consequences for Marine Ecosystems

Tenney Naumer said...

Thank you for the link, Paolo!

Hank Roberts said...

Another good interview with Jackson (and others) here:

A caution that there are two competing explanations for some of the dead areas: Jackson's (that we've eaten or killed off all the big animals) and the far more politically popular one that it's bottom-up eutrophication and pollution causing the dead zones.

I hear almost no mention of Jackson's work.

I suspect it's a lot easier to say "it's pollution" than to say "all the big fish are gone" -- because what do you do?

Hank Roberts said...

PS, more:

Tenney Naumer said...

Dear Hank,

Thanks for the links.

It's is incredible that his work does not receive more attention.

If what he says is true, it seems that the destruction of the oceans is going to do us in well before global warming.

And we can't even protect tuna in the face of a 70 to 85% decline, nor even whales or dolphins.

It seems that pure madness has taken hold of the people who control these matters.