¡ ALERT ! Like Bernie Sanders, MASSIVE Number of Species’ Mass Die-offs Worldwide, NOT Making Headlines ?

I’m confused now. I mean, a day ago I was feeling generally content, catching up on things, organizing… I wasn’t feeling gloomy and looking for doom…And then I clicked on a video shared by a Facebook friend and real acquaintance, sharing information by the self-proclaimed News/Media Website ‘Playground +’, alerting; “Over the last few months, southern Chile has turned into a graveyard for maritime animals.”
Nature + features a video indicating series of Mass die-offs in Chili and worldwide

Playground + features video on the Mass Die-offs currently happening in Chili and worldwide

Playground + features video on the Mass Die-offs currently happening in Chili and worldwide

I immediately investigated a bit more, and stumbled upon a title that smelled more like conspiracy theory,

Strangesounds article delineating worldwide animal mass die-offs

Strangesounds article delineating worldwide animal mass die-offs

except that as I perused the author’s list of die-off events, accumulating just in the preceding months of this year, I realized that each was meticulously documented with a link to a legitimate organization or news foundation. This is fact.

This article “Corals worldwide hit by bleaching” certainly has content that contributes to the understanding of this phenomenon, since coral are creatures in the ocean affected by temperature and pollution, which in turn provide food and shelter up the food chain, to these other creatures.

Nature article on worldwide coral bleaching

Nature article on worldwide coral bleaching

“Warm ocean temperatures, linked to climate change and a strengthening El Niño weather pattern, have triggered reefs to expel the algae that colour them. Reefs in parts of the Pacific, the Indian and the Atlantic oceans have now turned white. By the end of the year, the bleaching could affect more than a third of the world’s coral reefs and kill more than 12,000 square kilometres of them, NOAA estimates.

“We’re in shock and awe of what’s happening,” says Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, a marine scientist at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.”

The NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which states on their homepage that for 11 months in a row the globe has exceeded world records in rising temperatures, contributed this graph.

NOAA Anticipated coral bleaching between 2015 and 2016

NOAA Anticipated coral bleaching between 2015 and 2016

Okay, so this obviously is not isolated, but completely in line with the bulk of marine animal deaths anyway.

I hadn’t intended to right this blog even yesterday, until I stumbled upon, so to speak, synchronistically, on the first thread of this information. I was feeling fine, occupied with my own life’s events and ‘things to do’. I knew that there have been disappearing species, and perhaps just tuck it back there in my mind, while busily have days occupied with stuff. A little context here, I’m one of these people who relentlessly posts ways to enable people to combat one or another environmental and/or social injustice through the numerous groups who facilitate online ways to “add one’s name” and make one’s voice heard. My browser at times clustered with articles about the dangers of fracking, divesting from petroleum, promises of renewable energy projects. Last evening I was doing an amateur video to capture the astounding feat I was witnessing of a worker ant colony doing a fantastic production along a 25 foot line transporting leaves.. I worried that my bright ‘flash’ might disturb them and then the thought occurred to me that a human might come along and decide that these were pests and propose to exterminate them.

I find this news devastating. I intended to either go out for a hike today or hit the ‘monthly free museum day’, and I couldn’t leave the house without posting this. I went back to the comments of that original Facebook post that triggered me to investigate more, and just found this. Some light reading for a rainy day.

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

“She shows that the sixth extinction is likely to be mankind’s most lasting legacy, compelling us to rethink the fundamental question of what it means to be human.”

So, what are we doing for dinner? and what was Kim Kardashian wearing last night? What has Trump said lately about building a wall to keep the dirty Mexicans out? By the way, building a wall is the most environmentally destructive thing that human stupidity could erect, to block migration paths of animals; it’s incredibly inhumane and egoistic.

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About carolkeiter
Aspiring writer, artist, musician and composer who was born and raised in the United States and has resided in several European countries. Communication is my forte; both through using various tools and in approaching people of divers backgrounds to gather information. Speak conversational - advanced intermediate - French, German and Spanish. Love interacting with people in cultural centers as much as going to remote places to learn more about the different creatures that share our planet. Love of the outdoors and of a variety of outdoor sports. Driven to learn and expand my own consciousness and understanding through curiosity and love of life. Creative skills merge with analytical ones, leading to an interest in a myriad of topics; ranging from politics, economics, science to environmental. Motivated to use my art, music and writing to support and educate people towards humane practices that support and respect all of life, including practices supporting a healthy planet.

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