Suprise, Suprise, Humans Are Impacting the Oceans

So, I was looking for an uploadable version of this BBC ‘fly-over’ video of some work that has been done by researchers on the severity of human impact on the oceans. This map illustrates the areas of impact in the oceans – scary.

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Only about 4% of the world’s oceans remain undamaged by human activity, according to the first detailed global map of human impacts on the seas.

However, I got distracted by this series of videos from the 2003 BBC Horizon show The Big Chill. This is basically all old (and at times prophetic) news by now, talking about the infamous ocean conveyor belt and the dire consequences that may ensue if it shuts off. But it gives a good bit of perspective on how little we still know and how much can happen in 5 years. Think about all the craziness that has gone down since 2003 concerning climate change – climatically, politically, intellectually, technologically.

Oh, and watch out for the endearingly geeky clone of a certain red-bearded ninja.

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=bRdS_T9Hp3g[/youtube]

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=rkOJm_ic3s0[/youtube]

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=zh0abDcrXas[/youtube]

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=kXcCtXTFjzI[/youtube]

[youtube]http://youtube.com/watch?v=LxRxMpk0ZOs[/youtube]

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