data from nearly half a million records, researchers at Dalhousie
University in Canada have created the first historical climate account
of phytoplankton, a nearly microscopic organism found abundantly in
As a vital component of life, phytoplankton
currently accounts for half of all the oxygen-generating photosynthesis
on Earth and is also at the very foundation of the ocean’s ability to
absorb CO2 from the atmosphere.
Alarmingly, however, the
scientists discovered that the occurrence of ocean phytoplankton has
declined by nearly 50% in the past half century alone.
Master Television spoke about the significance of this tiny organism
with Dr. David Siegel, an oceanography professor at University of
California-Santa Barbara in the USA who wrote an editorial on the
Canadian research that was published in “Nature” magazine. Dr. David Siegel – Professor of Oceanography, University of California-Santa Barbara, California, USA (M):
As you do photosynthesis, you produce oxygen, all of it at one time
came from the oceans and came from phytoplankton before land plants
Now, about 50% of that net partner production comes
from the oceans, through phytoplankton, that oxygen supports all the
animals, all the bacteria.
VOICE: The cause for phytoplankton’s
decline has been attributed primarily to human-caused global warming as
well as polluting fertilizer runoff arising largely from livestock
This worldwide loss has also been associated with large
decreases in bird and marine mammal populations who depend upon its
existence for life.
Another adverse effect has been the reduced
capability of the ocean to slow the pace of climate change because of
being increasingly impaired in absorbing CO2 emissions. Dr. David Siegel (M):
authors of the paper find through their statistical analysis that the
amount of phytoplankton biomass has decreased by, globally, as much as
40% over the last 50 years. And that is just a huge number.
We thank Dr. David Siegel and Dalhousie University researchers for
helping us to further understand our interconnectedness with even the
tiniest of ocean life.
May we all use this information wisely to
quickly reverse such harmful declines and restore the balance of our
Earth. During a July 2008 videoconference in Formosa (Taiwan), Supreme
Master Ching Hai, as on many previous occasions, spoke of our
irreplaceable ecosystems and the caring responsibility needed for their
Supreme Master Ching Hai:
You see, these things are very sad. It happens a lot and we still did
not learn to be responsible and to feel for the environment and the
helpless animals, which are our friends and helpers. http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Newsroom/view.php?id=23717 http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/science/plankton-crucial-to-the-planet-for-food-and-oxygen-in-deep-trouble-global-warming-blamed-99479694.html#ixzz0wKIPvAU4http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/science/plankton-crucial-to-the-planet-for-food-and-oxygen-in-deep-trouble-global-warming-blamed-99479694.html#ixzz0wKIWDBpvhttp://www.rosemerena.org/home/2009/04/04/columbia-river-may-cause-dead-zones-off-oregon-and-washington-coasts-and-contribute-to-problems-with-vancouver-lake-december-11-2006/
dumped so much chemicals and poisonous stuff into rivers and oceans. Our
enduring, giving rivers and oceans have to take in daily so much. And
they poison the marine life.
We just feel like it doesn’t
concern us or that we are not responsible for their plight,for the death
and disappearance of our precious co-inhabitants.
But the fact
is that we are responsible. We have to stop the harmful effect of meat
consumption, then we will see a happy, sufficient and satisfied world
manifest in front of our eyes in a matter of weeks.