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"Man Marks the Earth With Ruin-- His Control."

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Marissa Marash

on 1 September 2014

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Transcript of "Man Marks the Earth With Ruin-- His Control."

"Man is the 'ultissimo predator"
"Sharks reproduce in small numbers, some yielding a pup or two every other year."
"All fish and seafood species are projected to collapse within my lifetime—by 2048. The good news is that it is not too late."
"Bluefin tuna in the North Atlantic had declines of 90 percent in 20 years."
"Man Marks the Earth With Ruin-- His Control."
"The ocean drives the climate and weather, regulates temperature, absorbs much of the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, holds 97 percent of Earth’s water, and embraces 97 percent of the biosphere"
"In 2 decades, fears about man-eating sharks shifted to man… eating sharks."
"Between 20 million and 100 million sharks succumb to the ‘bite’ of people as delivered by hooks, nets, and traps devised to catch and kill sharks for entertainment (sport), or spite, but mostly for market."
"How far up the food chain do ingested plastics go? Does it matter if we eat oysters or anchovies or clams that have stuffed themselves with something other than little shrimp and algae?"
"For every pound of plankton, six pounds of trash!"
"A decorator crab on a nearby reef had artfully placed a disposable fast-food ketchup envelope on its back along with bits of algae, hydroids and normal camouflage elements. The ketchup container actually helped the crab blend in with other trash."
"Without life to absorb and transform carbon dioxide, Earths atmosphere would most likely resemble that of Venus and Mars—more than 95 percent carbon dioxide… the surface temperature would be somewhere above 482 degrees F"
"The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet."
How Do We Help?
"The only thing truly sustainable is development."
"Throughout the history of our species, the mostly blue planet has kept us alive. It’s time for us to return the favor."
"Which will it be, then: degradation or recovery, scarcity or plenty, compassion or greed, love or fear, ahead to better times or to worse? We will all, by our actions or inaction, help decide."
90 percent of many once common fish have been extracted since the 1950s; 95 percent of some species, including Bluefin tuna, atlantic cod, American eel, and certain sharks have been killed. And taking them is still allowed.
The World is Blue
The enormous demand for shark fins—not the whole animals—initiated the barbarically efficient technique of catching sharks on longlines, hauling them on deck, slicing off the fins and tail, then dumping the still living animal back into the sea
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