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This year's "dead zone" report

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Bad news however you look at it, even if some of the increase is due to new areas being found (as opposed to changing.)

 

This part does give hope.

 

A portion of Big Glory Bay in New Zealand became hypoxic after salmon farming cages were set up, but began recovering when the cages were moved, he said.

 

 

Going to get the Science Article and see what is up since some of the quotes/blurbs were a bit off from one another

 

400 dead zones around the world, double what the United Nations reported just two years ago. (Discovery blurb)

 

A global study shows the number of "dead zones" — areas of ocean with too little oxygen for most marine life — has increased by one-third since 1995. In the latest issue of the journal Science, researchers say these polluted waters are the leading threat to life in coastal oceans.(NPR Text Blurb)

 

Doubles every ten years since the 1960s.(NPR Radio)

 

It is not that any of those scenarios are good, but I figure the article fill in more details.

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Yes, there is plenty of information out there to depress people. The "garbage patch" is one of the best examples there is of how individual, seemingly small, acts can come together to create an international environmental tragedy. Dead zones are another. A couple hundred thousand people each day release toss a plastic bag out the car window, a couple hundred thousand farmers overfertilize a bit and see how it adds up! Problem is that, given the strugles many people go through just to feed their families, it is very had to make the case to alter behaviour that, in indivudual instances, may seem trivial for the greater good . . . And that doesn't even count the people that do it purposefully just to make more money!

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