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We need a rethink how we view climate change.

With regards to the oceans, there is a diurnal migration of 5 Giga tonnes of copepods (zooplankton) every night from around 400m depth to the surface, this is equivalent to 17 million 747 jumbo jets.    This is by far the largest mass migration of animals on the planet, and the vertical motion of the water could move as much water equivalent to the moons impact on tides.
Copepods are 80% water, and carbon is around 50% of what’s left, so 0.5 giga tonnes of C migrate. This mass migrations moves a huge amount of water. The anthropogenic production of carbon as C by man is 0.03 Giga tonnes a day,  which is equivalent to 6% of the migration of copepods.   Some of the copepods will die and sink to the abyss, some will be eaten by fish, and their faeces sink to the abyss, the copepods will eat phytoplankton and smaller copepods, and their faeces sink to the abyss, this is how carbon is locked out of the system. Copepods expend a huge amount of energy swimming and ingest their own body weight per day  if the food is available, based on just C, this is 0.5 Giga tonnes/day, and if 6% reaches the abyss, then this equates to the data for C fixation by the IPCC.
Anthropogenic C is 9.4 giga tonnes/year, deduct silicate mineral sequestration, this drops it to 7.7giga tonnes, deduct oceanic sequestration, and we have approx 4.7 giga tonnes. If reports such as Boyce and others are accepted, then we have lost around 50% of marine productivity over the last 70 years due to pollution from plastic and toxic for every chemicals, such as PCB's, PBDE, PFOS, Oxybenzone.  If we had not lost this biomass then C fixation by the oceans would equate with an extra 2 to 3 giga tonnes of Carbon  This leaves a maximum of an additional  1.7 giga tonnes of C to be sequestered by terrestrial ecology. This could be achieved by restoring wetlands, mangroves, seagrass and marshes and by allowing soil to sequester C.
GOES is focusing on the oceans, we think the impact of pollution on primary productivity is selectively hitting meso and micro zooplankton, because these organisms are ingesting small particles of plastic that could be loaded with lipophilic toxic chemicals, and this is the question that we need answered.  The GOES CDCP (Collaborative Data Collection Project) by yachts could be used to numerate the plankton numbers as well as plastic fraction in all oceans. A question that could be answered by Chemists Without Borders  could be; are the concentration of chemicals such as PCBs homogeneous on micro-plastic in our oceans as indicated by the results from MARBEF?  When we couple these two questions and answers then we get much closer to an explanation and a solution for climate change, and protection of our oceanic ecosystem.
As stated in the GOES report,  if there is not a chemical toxicity reason for climate change, then we can’t actually can stop the worst effects of climate change and it going to reach the tipping point over the next 10 to 30 years and that a temperature change is probably the least of our problems.  If the research confirms that environmental pollution is indeed the main driver, then we need to eliminate all plastic and toxic for ever chemical pollution, everywhere.  Even if pollution is not the complete solution, it is absolutely a major part, and what's wrong with cleaning up our planet?
Looking out over the Rio Formosa in the Algarve Portugal, one of the largest areas of SeaGrass in Europe
Little known facts
  1. Seagrass  adsorbs 15 times more carbon than a rainforest of the same area, the grass lives for more than 200,000 years,  the damage caused by one careless boat anchor could take 1000 years to recover
  2. Mangrove swamps take up 0.6% of land area, yet they absorb 30% of all the carbon dioxide by terrestrial plants
  3. The marsh lands, peat bogs and wetlands of Scotland, sequester more carbon than the Amazon Rainforest

We must protect our wetland areas and stop burning trees or we will never beat climate change

About the author

Dr. Howard Dryden

Dr. Howard Dryden

Dr. Dryden has unique knowledge combination of biology, chemistry and technology and is the inventor of the activated, bio-resistant filter media AFM®. Dr. Dryden is one of the world`s leading experts in sustainable water treatment.

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Life on earth depends upon healthy Oceans, we have 10 years to stop toxic chemical pollution, or life on earth may become impossible

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