21 Jun '11, 10am

Ocean life on the brink of mass extinctions: Study

Ocean life on the brink of mass extinctions: Study

Life in the oceans is at imminent risk of the worst spate of extinctions in millions of years due to threats such as climate change and over-fishing. -- PHOTO: SPORTS DIVING MAGAZINE OSLO - LIFE in the oceans is at imminent risk of the worst spate of extinctions in millions of years due to threats such as climate change and over-fishing, a study showed on Tuesday. Time was running short to counter hazards such as a collapse of coral reefs or a spread of low-oxygen 'dead zones', according to the study led by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO). 'We now face losing marine species and entire marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs, within a single generation,' according to the study by 27 experts to be presented to the United Nations. 'Unless action is taken now, the consequences of our activities are at a high risk of causing, through the combined eff...

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