As readers of this site know, I am very concerned with the environmental changes upon our Earth, which all seem to point to the end of the lifestyles we've known in our lifetimes. Today we link to a story that anyone living near an ocean needs to read, since what's happening clearly points to a global problem. If you like to swim in the ocean, the Mediterranean, or the Caribbean, be very, very careful since there seems to be a very real risk from jellyfish, including some that are deadly if they sting you.
From The New York Times via TruthOut, a story of dying oceans, proliferation of jellyfish, Portuguese men-of-war and worse, adding up to a grim view of what's in store for those of us who actually enjoy going into the ocean. Though this article might seem to depart from the usual themes of this site, I do report from time to time on matters of global well-being, and the health of our planet is truly one of those "intersections of fate and free will."
Our Earth's health is one of the things we all need to pay attention to. That's why from time to time I've reported on related issues, such as toxic algae blooms creating public health problems for those living near oceans and seas around the world as well as destroying entire fisheries and killing most higher life forms in sections of the seas.
This is another report confirming that we on Planet Earth have created a huge problem through pollutants and overfishing, resulting in massive imbalances in the ecosystem. So if you like to go into the oceans and seas, pay attention to those things floating around, since the sting from some species can do some serious damage to your body, if not kill you.
From the article:
...In a period of hours during a day a couple of weeks ago, 300 people on Barcelona's bustling beaches were treated for stings, and 11 were taken to hospitals.
From Spain to New York, to Australia, Japan and Hawaii, jellyfish are becoming more numerous and more widespread, and they are showing up in places where they have rarely been seen before, scientists say. The faceless marauders are stinging children blithely bathing on summer vacations, forcing beaches to close and clogging fishing nets....
Within the past year, there have been beach closings because of jellyfish swarms on the CÃ´te d'Azur in France, the Great Barrier Reef of Australia, and at Waikiki and Virginia Beach in the United States.
In Australia, more than 30,000 people were treated for stings last year, double the number in 2005. The rare but deadly Irukandji jellyfish is expanding its range in Australia's warming waters, marine scientists say....
"Human-caused stresses, including global warming and overfishing, are encouraging jellyfish surpluses in many tourist destinations and productive fisheries," according to the National Science Foundation, which is issuing a report on the phenomenon this fall and lists as problem areas Australia, the Gulf of Mexico, Hawaii, the Black Sea, Namibia, Britain, the Mediterranean, the Sea of Japan, and the Yangtze estuary.
By all means, go to the article and read the whole thing. And yes, in a grim irony it seems from this article and others that there is a whole new industry in netting massive numbers of jellyfish for a growing demand in restaurants in various parts of the world. I suppose people will find reasons to eat anything. In this case I think I'll take a pass.
And I will be posting more on the Astrological factors going on in the near future, so stay tuned. In the meantime, learn all you can about what's important in your local environment and pray for our planet.
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