Climate Crisis Beneath the Waves

News agency Reuters recently focused on oceans for an in-depth, multi-media piece called Ocean Shock: The Climate Crisis Beneath the Waves that is incredibly informative. The project is beautifully written:

“To stand at the edge of an ocean is to face an eternity of waves and water, a shroud covering seven-tenths of the Earth. Hidden below are mountain ranges and canyons that rival anything on land. There you will find the Earth’s largest habitat, home to billions of pants and animals – the vast majority of the living things on the planet.”

The Reuters investigation team went on to state that it discovered that, “from the waters off the East Coast of the United States to the coasts of West Africa, marine creatures are fleeing for their lives, and the communities that depend on them are facing disruption as a result.”

The project was a year in the making and the data, little reported elsewhere, brings the big picture of the plight of the oceans to light. Reuters presents it in a gorgeous manner, from the chapter “Undersea Science” with multimedia to show how much the ocean’s temperatures have increased since 1970, creating what they call, “an epic underwater refugee crisis among marine life” to the section titled “Fleeing Fish” follows a man by the name of Karroll Tillett, a fisherman, who spent most of his life chasing summer flounder. It’s a wonderful read. And the photography is spectacular. Same goes for the next section “Plundering Africa” which takes us into the disruptive industry of fishmeal factories.

Then the project takes us to Japan, the land of sushi. But warming waters and years of overfishing have depleted populations of flying squid. “That such a ubiquitous creature could disappear has shaken a country whose identity is intertwined with fish and fishing, a nation where sushi chefs are treated like rock stars and fishermen are the heroes of countless TV shows.”

Next we travel to Norway where the world’s biggest salmon-farming industry is also under threat from climate change. But there are plans afoot to move into the country’s Arctic regions. While the industry wants to continue growing, those involved aim to do it sustainability.

We highly recommend spending some time checking out this beautiful project that is about our precious oceans. It is well-worth your while.