The sea is suffering, mostly at the hand of man

February 10, 2009 • News

The Pacific islands are on the front lines with regard to climate change. The region’s journalists attending the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association conference here in Tonga report many signs of global warming, including salt water intrusion into farmland, collapses in roads caused by sea water, and people’s homes being swept away by “king tides” while they are sleeping.

Many thanks to Gerry Silverstein for this article from the Economist. The last paragraph details the link to population growth.

Human beings no longer thrive under the water from which their ancestors emerged, but their relationship with the sea remains close. Over half the world’s people live within 100 kilometres (62 miles) of the coast; a tenth are within 10km. On land at least, the sea delights the senses and excites the imagination. The sight and smell of the sea inspire courage and adventure, fear and romance. Though the waves may be rippling or mountainous, the waters angry or calm, the ocean itself is eternal. Its moods pass. Its tides keep to a rhythm. It is unchanging.

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