Off the coast of Washington state, mysterious algae mixed with sea foam have killed more than 8,000 seabirds, puzzling scientists. A thousand miles off California, researchers have discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a swirling vortex roughly twice the size of Texas filled with tiny bits of plastic and other debris.
Every summer, a dead zone of oxygen-depleted water the size of Massachusetts forms in the Gulf of Mexico; others have been found off Oregon and in Chesapeake Bay, Lake Erie, and the Baltic and Black seas. Some studies indicate that North Pole seawater could turn caustic in 10 years, and that the Southern Ocean already might be saturated with carbon dioxide.
A recent bird kill off the coast of Washington came without warning, said Jane Lubchenco, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “There will be more surprises than that,” she said.
That's the rub -- one of the types of consequences we face is "unexpected surprises". Do you really want to find out what they might be?
Remember -- more and more we are learning that what befalls the earth befalls the people of the earth...
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