Part One of a Six parts on YouTube of BBC Documentary, How Many people Can Live on Planet Earth? featuring David Attenborough (Follow on YouTube for the other five parts).
This BBC documentary is about us – the human beings living on the planet earth. Naturalist Sir David Attenborough investigates if an ongoing rise in population growth is possible or if we have to introduce birth control to prevent overpopulation. The size of the human population is currently nearly 7 billion people, which is much more than the 2.5 billion in 1950. Until 2050 the UN is expecting about 9 Billion people to be living on this world. One of the big reasons is, that people are becoming older and older, not necessary an increase in family size. The rise of China is one of the big roles, but also the population of other countries will increase. But can we provide enough foot and shelter for all those people without damaging our nature for ever?
What’s at stake if we continue on with global pollution.
Embargoed to 10.30am (GMT) 21 June, 2011 — WDCS Report reveals over half of EU Member States violate laws protecting whales and dolphins held in captivity – A report released today by WDCS, in association with the Born Free Foundation and ENDCAP reveals that dolphinaria, and the Member States that license them, are failing to meet the requirements of European Union (EU) legislation which aims to protect whales and dolphins in captivity.
Space Weather reports: A coronal mass ejection (CME) probably hit Earth’s magnetic field today, but the signature of impact was masked by a fast-blowing stream of solar wind already swirling around Earth. Tonight’s geomagnetic storm warning is cancelled.
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ALSO: Discovery is televising Apocaplyse 2012…. all about Solar CME events hitting the Earth and the ensuing devastation. Well worht watching as good explanation about CMEs, solar winds, the magnetosphere, etc.
UPDATE: Update, 12:31 a.m.: The tsunami warning that was issued for the Alaskan coast has been canceled. No tsunami has been recorded and no danger of one exists for the coastline according to the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center.
Reuters reports: A major earthquake of 7.4 magnitude hit in the Pacific Ocean Thursday 107 miles east of Atka, Alaska, at a depth of about 25 miles,and a tsunami warning was in effect for parts of coastal Alaska, warning agencies said.
A second quake of magnitude 7.2 hit in the same vicinity and at the same depth a half-minute later, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
“A Tsunami warning is now in effect which includes the coastal areas of Alaska from Unimak Pass, Alaska (80 miles northeast of Dutch Harbor) to Amchitka Pass, Alaska (125 miles west of Adak),” the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center said.
This leaves the coast of the entire Alaska peninsula and all of the Alaska mainland out of harm’s way.
The center monitors tsunami risk only for the west coast of North America from the Mexican border to Alaska.
If the oceans go down, it’s game over.
– Dr. Alex Rogers
A high-level international workshop convened by IPSO met at the University of Oxford earlier this year. It was the first inter-disciplinary international meeting of marine scientists of its kind and was designed to consider the cumulative impact of multiple stressors on the ocean, including warming, acidification, and overfishing.
The 27 participants from 18 organisations in 6 countries produced a grave assessment of current threats – and a stark conclusion about future risks to marine and human life if the current trajectory of damage continues: that the world’s ocean is at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history.
Delegates called for urgent and unequivocal action to halt further declines in ocean health.
If the current actions contributing to a multifaceted degradation of the world’s oceans aren’t curbed, a mass extinction unlike anything human history has ever seen is coming, an expert panel of scientists warns in an alarming new report.
The preliminary report from the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO) is the result of the first-ever interdisciplinary international workshop examining the combined impact of all of the stressors currently affecting the oceans, including pollution, warming, acidification, overfishing and hypoxia.
“The findings are shocking,” Dr. Alex Rogers, IPSO’s scientific director, said in a statement released by the group. “This is a very serious situation demanding unequivocal action at every level. We are looking at consequences for humankind that will impact in our lifetime, and worse, our children’s and generations beyond that.”
The scientific panel concluded that degeneration in the oceans is happening much faster than has been predicted, and that the combination of factors currently distressing the marine environment is contributing to the precise conditions that have been associated with all major extinctions in the Earth’s history.
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