Seabird deaths catastrophic in California – 11/15/2005

  • November 22, 2013 at 11:43 pm #1087

    Hi Folks
    Can there really be any doubt that something horrible is going on
    since the Aerosol Operation began in earnest??
    This is not coincidental and it is not global warming. Even today,
    on the floor of the Senate, the theory of global warming was
    Get in touch (nicely) with your elected officials and express you
    heartfelt concern regarding S.517 and H.R. 2995
    I know, as do you, this “proposed” operation of ‘weather
    modification’ is currently in full swing, although, our gov’t would
    like us to believe it is planned for the future.
    Raise awareness at every opportunity. The health and future of our
    families and communities depend on it.

    Fish numbers plummet in warming Pacific

    13.11.05 5.00pm
    By Geoffrey Lean

    SAN FRANCISCO – A catastrophic collapse in sea and bird life numbers
    along America’s Northwest Pacific seaboard is raising fears that
    global warming is beginning to irreparably damage the health of the

    Scientists say a dramatic rise in the ocean temperature led to
    unprecedented deaths of birds and fish this summer all along the
    coast from central California to British Columbia in Canada.

    The population of seabirds, such as cormorants, auklets and murres,
    and fish, including salmon and rockfish, fell to record lows.

    This ecological meltdown mirrors a similar development taking place
    thousands of miles away in the North Sea.

    Also caused by warming of the water, the increase in temperatures
    there has driven the plankton that form the base of the marine food
    chain hundreds of miles north.

    This triggers a collapse in the number of sand eels on which many
    birds and large fish feed and causes a rapid decline in puffins,
    razorbills, kittiwakes and other birds.

    The collapses in the Pacific are also down to the disappearance of
    plankton, though the immediate cause for this is different.

    Water temperatures soared to 7C above normal, which delighted
    bathers but caused the whole delicate system to collapse.

    The amount of phytoplankton crashed to a quarter of its usual level.

    “In 50 years this has never happened,” said Bill Peterson, an
    oceanographer with the US government’s National Oceanic and
    Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, in Newport, Oregon.

    Record numbers of dead seabirds soon washed up on beaches along the

    There were up to 80 times more dead Brandt’s cormorants, a fishing
    bird, than in previous years. Tests showed the birds died of

    “They are not finding enough food, and so they use up the energy
    stored in their muscles, liver and body fat,” said Hannah Nevins,
    who investigated similar mass deaths in Monterey Bay.

    Many fear the ecological collapse is a portent of things to come, as
    the world heats up.

    A Canadian Government report noted that ocean temperatures off
    British Colombia reached record levels last year as well,
    blaming “general warming of global lands and oceans”.

    And Professor Ronald Neilson, of Oregon State University,
    added: “The oceans are generally warming up and there are all sorts
    of signs that something strange is afoot.”

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