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Monday, January 16, 2012

Carbon dioxide threat to survival of fish,study says



According to an article in Agence France-Presse, "



Carbon dioxide is a threat to the survival of fish, study says


"Carbon dioxide emissions may be affecting the brains and central nervous systems of fish, with serious consequences for their survival, according to research."

"Carbon dioxide concentrations predicted to occur in the ocean by the end of this century will interfere with fishes' ability to hear, smell, turn and evade predators, the research found. The Australian Research Council's Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies said it had been testing the performance of baby coral fishes in sea water containing higher levels of dissolved CO2. "It is now pretty clear that they sustain significant disruption to their central nervous system, which is likely to impair their chances of survival," said professor Phillip Munday."

If this finding is true for fish then we must hypothesize that other species of life on the planet is also being seriously affected by excessive emissions of CO2 in the oceans, and other areas. How many more warnings is "Mother  Nature" going to  give us before we listen to her and change our behavior as a species?



For more information on this story please visit:


http://www.theage.com.au/national/reef-fish-at-risk-as-carbon-dioxide-levels-build-20120116-1q361.html

"The main source for carbon dioxide that permeates the atmosphere is the burning of fossil fuels (gas, oil, coal). Thus, excessive use of it increases the accumulation of greenhouse gases. Anything that burns produces a corresponding amount of carbon dioxide, from forest fires to automobile acceleration to jet engines and even small grass fires."

"Decaying vegetation also contributes to carbon dioxide accumulation. Man and animals add to the pollution of the environment, because as we exhale oxygen we expel carbon dioxide. The main concentration of excessive carbon dioxide emissions lie with manufacturing plants and power plants, especially those that are run on fossil fuels."

Source: http://www.carboncycle.biz/carbon-dioxide.html

Here are some  links to websites which will help you calculate what your carbon footprint is and also  help you reduce your carbon footprint on our planet::

http://www.carbonfootprint.com/

http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/reduce-your-carbon-footprint/

101 Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint 

Please visit these websites and please commit yourself right now to  reducing your carbon footprint on the Planet!

 Source: http://www.eoearth.org/files/112301_112400/112391/Individual_carbon_footprint.JPG

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