As a marine biologist, Sylvia Earle has spent more than half a century diving in pursuit of a greater understanding of the oceans. But now, the renowned scientist is concerned that there may be little left to study before too long, warning that “the ocean is dying” at the hands of human destruction.
“It's taken only a few decades to unravel those very basic systems,” Earle told “Power Players” during an interview at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum’s botany collection. “We're changing the chemistry of the planet, starting with the ocean, well the atmosphere too. It's a big thought that humans have the power to change the nature of nature.”
Earle points to the disappearance of 50 percent of the world’s coral reefs and the depletion – and in some cases complete extinction – of certain types of ocean life through causes that include over-fishing, the fertilizer runoff from farming, underwater bomb testing and oil spills.
And in harming the oceans, Earle explained,Read More »from Meet the ‘Joan of Arc’ of the oceans: Marine biologist warns that ‘the ocean is dying’