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Oceans Emptied as Populations Soar

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 04 May 2010

Fishing fleet working 17 times harder than in 1880s to make same catch, University of York, April 10, 2010

As the fish stocks, as well as water resources, energy, and arable land have been consumed, our population has soared.

This indicates that the trail  we are on, the trail of unlimited growth in people, enhanced by the unlimited growth of consumption, is reaching its natural limits, which brings the philosophical basis of our growth into question.

Our unlimited approach to growth is based on the conception that this unlimited growth is justified because it produces unlimited growth in profits and asset values. The central value system that our growth has been serving is greed. To be clear about this, we have emptied the oceans, drained our waters, and polluted our skies in the name of greed. The failure of this value system may be the biggest testament to the phrase, "There's more to life than money," ever given.

Our greed is finally hitting its natural limits because we have drained nature, not because of any awakening of ethics on our part. We are, in fact trying with all our might to restart the growth machine who's lack of internal ethics collapsed our economy, as it is simultaneously  collapsing our ecology.

Unfortunately, we did not construct any limits to our growth based on our wisdom, or even our common sense, let alone our ethics. So we are hitting the limits imposed by empty oceans,  dry water and oil wells, and receding drinking water supplies.

Good Luck with that!

I'm going backpacking so I can watch the last bits of nature, before they completely disappear.

Here's some links from my old political reform site:

Fast fall of Mediterranean sharks, bbc, 6-10-08

background; Corruption Updates 71, 9th article on the page, "Only 50 years left' for sea fish"

Shark populations near extinction, BBC News, 1-18-08.

World fish stocks collapse: africa feeling it first, nyt, January 14, 2008.

Links: Fish. Plastic Oceans. All environment links.

The collapse of Species

background articles: Only 50 years left for sea fish. BEES: Honey, I'm Gone. Study finds huge decreases in bird populations. Record Gulf of Mexico ‘Dead Zone’ Is Predicted. Ocean dead zonesexpanding. Tiny Delta fish at center of huge water war. Exploring an amphibian epidemic. Natural decline hurting lives. Hansen: Past the tipping pointWorld fish stocks collaspe: africa feeling it first. Yangtze almost dead. Global warming killing sierra treesSalmon arriving in record low numbers. Ocean map: Oceans trashed. delay in polar bear protections. Mangrove loss put Burma at risk. Tropics insects face extinction. Wildlife populations plummeting. Fast fall of Mediterranean sharks.  Shark populations near extinction. 30% of Alaska salmon wasted.

background links: all environment links.

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