Scientists at Canada’s University of British Columbia say that global warming is causing 2,000 different jellyfish species to appear earlier each year as well as expand their ocean range and overall populations.
This proliferation is causing problems for the operation of seaside power and desalination plants in Japan, the Middle East and Africa, as well as the enjoyment of beaches around the world.
Warming waters are being cited as a main reason for the overgrowth, along with human-caused water pollution from sources such as livestock that boosts plankton, which is a food source for the jellyfish.
Overfishing has also removed natural jellyfish predators and is thus another factor in their growing numbers. Researcher Lucas Brotz stated, “These increases should be a warning sign that our oceans are stressed and unhealthy.”
Many thanks, scientist Brotz and University of British Columbia colleagues, for this further evidence of our disturbed marine environments. Let us quickly step toward meaningful actions to reverse climate change so that the health of oceans and our planet can be restored. Supreme Master Ching Hai has often addressed the precarious state of our ecosystems, as during a May 2009 conference in Togo, as well as the actions we can take to help.