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Saturday, March 20, 2010

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

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

[I kinda thought that this post bears repeating.]
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 ciao
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.

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Leon said...

These things make me think everyone should be aware of it. And if I try and tell people, they often do not want to know..
Indeed, watching this entire presentation makes me wonder why I'm still not depressed. (Especially since I've watched people trying to voluntarily save some leather-back turtles in the Caribbean while the local people are eating turtles and leaving the shells along the side of the road..)
At the moment I'm writing a piece on the Arctic and what's happening there is about the same magnitude of depressing (let alone seeing the connections between the two)

Maybe it is just a mental disorder which makes us able to cope with such an amount of negative information..
Let's use it to try and change things for the good.