Work in environmental journalism for very long and you can eventually become inured to catastrophe.
When no one owns a resource, we tend to overuse it–winding up with polluted skies, fished-out oceans and battles over access to freshwater. But too much ownership leads to problems too
Boris Worm, a marine biologist at Dalhousie University in Canada, made a startling prediction in the pages of Science in 2006: if overfishing continued at then-current rates, he said, the world would essentially run out of seafood by 2048. Worm’s bold analysis whipped up controversy in the usually pacific world of marine science one colleague, Ray Hilborn of the University of Washington, called the Science study “mindbogglingly stupid.” But Worm held fast to his predictions: that the oceans had limits, and that marine species were declining so fast that they would eventually disappear.
The massive amount of garbage in the ocean likely complicates the search for the remains of an Air France flight that went missing Monday near Brazil, oceanographers who spoke with CNN said. Earlier this week, investigators said they had located pieces of the plane in the southern Atlantic Ocean, which might have given them clues to the origin of Air France Flight 447’s crash.