Oxygen-Depleted Acidic Oceans, Coral Catastrophe, and Collapsing Food Sources

Majid Ali, M.D.


Compelling evidence is rapidly accumulating which indicates oxygen-depletion, acidification, and warming of oceans.

A huge swathe of Pacific ocean has been affected by coral bleaching related to oxygen-depletion, acidification, and warming of oceans. Mos notable among the area is the Marshall Islands where coral bleaching of unprecedented severity has been documented, hitting most of the country’s 34 atolls and islands. Vast expanses of coral there look like “forests covered with snow.”

Other oceanic regions involved include Northern Marianas Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Kiribati and Florida.


Effects on Human

How do these oceanic changes affect humans? How might they do so in the future? It is impossible to predict the long-term consequences of oceanic changes on human population.

Here is just one dimension of the problem: An estimated one billion people draw their food largely from coral ecosystems.

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