Oceans Provide More Than Half of All the Oxygen On This Planet

We Are Killing Our Own Habitat Even As The Oceans And Forests Are Struggling To Give Us Life

According to National Geographic News, half of all the oxygen on this planet is produced and provided by our oceans. The other half of the oxygen we require is produced by trees, shrubs, and plants generally. That raises the question; why are so many people indifferent and apathetic to the plight of our oceans and forests?

It would seem the old adage “out of sight out of mind,” holds true. When the media moves on, so does everyone else. If the media is not showing us horrific sights everyday on the news, then that must mean everything is now back to normal and hunky dory, yes?

Will things ever return to normal?

During the 2010 Oil Spill
During the 2010 Oil Spill | Source
Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Mexico | Source
During the 2010 Oil Spill
During the 2010 Oil Spill | Source

The Drama Continues But Nobody Seems To Care

According to Coastal News Today, tar balls the size of a fist are still washing up onto the beaches in the Florida Panhandle.

Craig Pittman reporting in the April 15, 2012 issue of the Tampa Bay Times reports that geologist James Kirby has determined that the oil from the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010 is still present, and still a threat to beachgoers. “Tiny globs of it [the oil], mingled with the chemical dispersant that was supposed to break it up, have settled into the shallows, mingling with the shells, he said. When Kirby shines his light across the legs of a grad student who'd been in the water and showered, it shows orange blotches where the globs still stick to his skin.”

Kirby said the dispersant speeds up the absorption by the skin, of the toxic qualities of the oil, and that he would not want anyone he cared about getting it on them.

The following video about the Louisiana marshes shows what an horrific mess still remains there 2 years after the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010, and how many of their coastal islands where many birds used to nest, have been all but destroyed by that oil spill disaster.

Louisiana Marshlands 2 Years Later

During the 2010 Oil Spill
During the 2010 Oil Spill | Source
During the 2010 Oil Spill
During the 2010 Oil Spill | Source
Soon after the 2010 Oil Spill
Soon after the 2010 Oil Spill | Source

How Do The Oceans Produce One Half Of All Our Necessary Oxygen?

Phytoplankton, tiny one-celled plants that live on the surface of the ocean “use energy from the sun to convert carbon dioxide and nutrients into complex organic compounds, which form new plant material. This process, known as photosynthesis, is how phytoplankton grow.”

Individual phytoplankton (plants) are too tiny to see with the naked human eye, but observers may note a greenish color to those parts of the ocean where they are present in large numbers, due to the chlorophyll in their cells.

Phytoplankton is also what many ocean creatures feed on. Phytoplankton is basically necessary for life in different ways, to many creatures on this planet, both in and out of the water. Even people are dependent on it.

Different Kinds of Plankton

There are 3 categories of plankton, in case you may be feeling a little confused at this point. Phytoplankton is microscopic plants that live in the ocean.

Zooplankton is microscopic animals that live in the ocean.

Bacterioplankton are bacteria and archaea, which mainly have the purpose of breaking down organic material and recycling.

Often people simply refer to all of these types of plankton instead of breaking them down into specific groups. In the case of our oxygen supply, however, it is the phytoplankton (plants) in our oceans that produce half of our planet’s oxygen.

What About The Destruction Of Our Forests?

Approximately 80,000 acres of rain forest are being destroyed daily worldwide.

Between polluting and destroying our oceans and waterways, polluting and destroying our atmosphere, and destroying our forests in an effort to cover every bit of land in chemicals and concrete, how long can our damaged planet continue to survive and support us too?

Government and Big Business Never Keep Their Promises

The 2010 Gulf Oil Spill began with an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, flowed unabated for 3 months, and continues to seep to this day. BP and our government will tell us all they have accomplished in the last 2 years, but in fact the video referenced in the second segment of this article tells the real story.

What happened to all the promises made by BP and by our government about putting everything back the way it was before the BP oil spill in 2010? Did they ever really intend to keep those promises? Not only the beaches, marshlands, and underwater habitats, but also the livelihoods of the people that were all destroyed back in 2010. Why has BP not been made to keep their promises to these people? Does anyone care?

References:

The Ledger.Com: http://www.theledger.com/article/20120415/NEWS/120419577/1410?Title=Oil-Spill-Not-Just-a-Terrible-Memory-

Huffington Post Current News on Gulf Oil Spill: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/bp-oil-spill/

National Geographic News: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/06/0607_040607_phytoplankton.html

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Au fait 6 months ago from North Texas Author

Shyron, thank you for stopping by and bringing attention to this article. Our oceans are so important and yet no one seems to take seriously the awful garbage we're constantly dumping into them.

Hope you are able to be cool. Hugs and blessings for you also. Take care . . .


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Au fait 6 months ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W., thank you for sharing this article. Yes, the oceans are so important, as are the trees, but to see how little they are valued by so many people you would think they were of no consequence at all. The oceans are used continually for dumping trash and the trees are removed at break-neck speed in order to put some more concrete or asphalt in their place. Very sad.

Hope you are taking care with the flooding down there. It is becoming more and more of a problem up here too, but I think you still have the worse situation. Hope all remains well for you.


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Peggy W 6 months ago from Houston, Texas

With all the flooding in our part of Texas...sadly many of the pollutants will eventually make it into the ocean. These flooding events are beyond our control but in everyday life people can be more cognizant about keeping our waterways clean. As you mentioned...we literally rely upon our natural resources like our oceans and forests for our very lives. Sharing once again.

We have been fortunate in that our home has not flooded but sadly so many in our area and part of Texas have not been as lucky as we have been. The devastation is terrible and hurricane season is now upon us. The grounds are saturated! Not a good situation. Hope you remain safe where you live.


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Shyron E Shenko 6 months ago

Au fait, anyone who cares about our planet should read this and understand the danger from killing/polluting our oceans.

Blessings and hugs dear friend.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Deborah-Diane, thank you for sharing your knowledge on this issue. I think people can't be reminded too often that we have only one planet and we must all live -- or not -- on it. For some reason many people can't comprehend that some people on this planet are poisoning us all because they don't want to clean up after themselves and because they think money is more important than a healthy planet and a healthy population of humans and animals on that same planet.


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Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California

As someone who lives just four miles from the ocean and spends a lot of time there, I think that everyone should read this article. Many people do not realize that the cigarette butt or motor oil they dump in the gutter will eventually end up in a waterway ... and probably in the ocean. When millions or billions of people around the world are careless with water and their waste, the result can be devastating. Excellent article!!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thanks for stopping by Jenny30.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for pinning this hub! This article has not received any awards that I am aware of. Or were you referring to a different hub? 2 have been chosen as HOD, but not this one. Thanks again for taking time to stop by and to pin!


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Jenny30 2 years ago from Canada

Congrats! Thx for sharing!


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

Congrats on that Hub Award. Going to share this again by pinning to the Awesome Hubpages board.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Liddy Wilson for stopping by and leaving a comment! Y'all come back and check out my other articles . . . ;)


Liddy Wilson 2 years ago

I am so happy to have someone write something to remind us of this tragedy - so it does not get swept under the rug.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by Bobby. I love thunder and lightening too. The more and louder it rumbles and crashes, the more it shakes the ground and the buildings, the better I like it! Hope you are well . . .


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for sharing your thoughts on this important issue. Agree with everything you wrote. We are destroying the oceans with what comes down to a lack of respect and appreciation for all it provides to each of us. People worry about passing taxes on to their children . . . what about the garbage dump their children will have to live in if this planet even remains livable at all?


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diogenes 2 years ago from UK and Mexico

I forgot to mention the storm we had (and are having) today. I see you are getting Arctic blasts over there, too. I LOVE thunder and lightning, it makes you feel alive, doesn't it?

Later

xoxox


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Deborah-Diane 2 years ago from Orange County, California

As someone who lives only four miles from the ocean, and spends a lot of time at the beach, I think this information is sooo important. The ocean is absolutely essential to our existence on this earth, yet we treat it like a giant garbage dump. I'm passing this on to my followers, again!


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Diogenes, for stopping by and dropping a couple of lines. I love clouds and rain. Thunder and lightening, the louder and the more the ground and buildings shake the better I like it. The more the lightening snaps and crackles the better. What do you think Freud would have to say about that?

Expect I would like GB where the sun wouldn't be hitting me in the face continually and not beating on me as well all day long.

Holidays here are from Thanksgiving through New Year's. Something going on somewhere to celebrate if one wants to do that every single day.

Take care . . xx


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diogenes 3 years ago from UK and Mexico

Boy your articles go on and on attracting interest. So you like rainy days and you wanna swap. We'd still be way apart then! Hows about 6 months there and the rest here!

Too early to say have a good holiday?

oxox


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Shyron, thank you for sharing your thoughts, voting on this article, and sharing this article and pinning it. If only everyone had your enthusiasm for taking care of the only home (planet) we have.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Au fait, this needs to be read by everyone who cares about our planet, our country. This is a cancer eating away and if one country is destroyed, by the greed of a few, the cancer will spread to other countries and if it is not stopped it will destroy earth.

BP people (telling us they have cleaned-up their oil spill) Have Not! Just think the Keystone XL pipeline is more toxic and corrosive than the BP spill. Heaven Help us if they get the go ahead to build it.

These people only want a shorter route to get their oil to market to sell to other countries to the benefit of the greedy.

Voted up, Useful to help stop the greedy from destroying our country/Awesome writting/Interesting facts, sharing and pinning to Awesome HubPages.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

JPSO138, thank you for reading and commenting and voting on this article!


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

I hope that everyone will be able of read this hub. The information you provided is very vital and helpful to the environment and knowing these things will surely make us aware of its importance. Up for this one!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron, for voting on and sharing this article again. BP couldn't fix the mess they made even if they tried. A certain part of the ocean is now dead because of their negligence and greed and it will be thousands of years before that is corrected -- if ever.

While BP's mess needs to be cleaned up as much as possible, the more important thing is not letting it happen again anywhere in the world with PB or any other oil company.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Au fait, I am sharing this again in case someone missed it.

Everyone who thinks the commercial is accurate, that BP cleaned up THEIR mess, should read this.

Voted up AI


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for sharing Shyron. I don't think people realize that the oceans provide more than half of all the essential oxygen for this planet. Trees and foliage provide the other half. What's going to happen when we finally succeed in destroying them both?


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Au fait, this is so important, everyone should read it, so...

I came back to share with anyone who may have missed it.

You friend..Shyron


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Rebeccamealey for reading, voting on, and sharing your thoughts on this important issue. It is unconscionable the way so many huge corporations, especially in the oil business, disrespect this planet.


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rebeccamealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

It is infuriating that BP has not done any better. Oil spills are so awful. your explanation of how the ocean provides us oxygen is greeting voted interesting an awesome.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Happyboomernurse, thank you for reading and commenting on this article, for seeing the importance of the issues here, and for your Congratulations on my Hubbie Award. It was a total surprise to me!


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Happyboomernurse 3 years ago from South Carolina

This is a very important, well researched article that deserves to go viral. Quite distressing to think about this issue but we do need to do so.

I stopped by to wish you congratulations on earning the Hubbie Award for being Most Likely to Have a Hub go Viral but I learned some important facts while here.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you, Shyron, for voting and sharing again! If only everyone cared as much about our oceans as you and my other readers do. They will likely care when it's too late.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Deborah-Diane, thank you for reading and sharing your views on this important issue, and for sharing. You are so right in that as bad as the mess in the ocean is, people continue to make it worse. It would seem that some people won't be satisfied until the entire ocean is dead.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

This hub is so important to all who want to breath. I had to come back and read it again and share it again, voted up, UAI.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

Since I live near the ocean, I hope people will take this information to heart. Far too often our ocean is used as a big dump for toxic substances. Combine that with the radiation that is leaking into the ocean from Japan and other waste that is simply floating around ... and I feel that we are just sitting on a time bomb of toxic stew! This needs to be shared again ... and again ... until it starts to sink in.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you girishpuri for reading and commenting on this hub. Glad if you found it informative!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Jainismus, thank you for stopping by and sharing this information!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Tom Schumacher for reading and sharing your thoughts on this issue, and for the vote!

In fact big oil walks all over this government and our regulations are far more lenient than the regulations in many other countries including many 3rd world countries. Not only does big oil get away with murder, we actually subsidize them with tax dollars and give them breaks. Some people think it's better to help the wealthy than to help the poor and needy. Know who those people are?

As a result we give waivers for many of our regulations and tax breaks and all kinds of goodies to big oil, but Lord, people scream bloody murder when a poor person gets Food Stamps.

Oil men have most if not all of their money invested in oil and equipment for drilling and refining oil, etc. If we were suddenly to change our ways and go to wind and solar energy, how would those oilmen prevent huge losses on their investments? Who would buy their shares or their equipment or their companies if they are on the way to being obsolete?

Oil men and investors have a big stake in keeping oil as our major energy source. While I understand their situation, I wonder if preventing them from losing their shirts is worth the life of our planet and our own lives as well as those of our children as well?

The small city where I live, population 130,000, gets 40% of its electricity from wind. Imagine what a difference that could make if every city would go to 40% wind power.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Moonlake, thank you for sharing, tweeting, and Scooping this hub!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for tweeting and sharing this hub!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you ChristyWrites for reading, voting on and sharing this article and your thoughts. It's a shame people can't see the wisdom of taking good care of the only planet we have regardless of whether they believe global warming is real or not.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Tobusiness, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this most important issue!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

FlourishAnyway, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub! Not only are we destroying our resources, but ultimately ourselves.


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girishpuri 3 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Au , definitely an addition to my knowledge, thanks , God bless you.


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jainismus 3 years ago from Pune, India

Interesting information, thank u for sharing it.


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Tom Schumacher 3 years ago from Huntington Beach, CA

Your hub raises an interesting dilemma planet Earth faces, and that is with exponential population growth circumstances highlighted in your research are likely to continue and, assuming a positive correlation exists, magnified accordingly. So, what is the answer when considering every country is unique unto itself; meaning, for example, regulation of companies like BP may be more strict in the U.S. but what about third world countries? Although awareness is a positive step in the right direction, however, it alone does very little to effect long-lasting change. Voted up!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

This hub is worth sharing and tweeting. I also added it to my Scoop-it.


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ChristyWrites 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Wow, very interesting hub! We need to take care of our planet and your writing is one step toward raising awareness as to how to give back to the Earth. Voting up and sharing this one.


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tobusiness 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

A very powerful hub!..Let's hope the message will get to the conscience of those offenders. What scares me, is that we will only get the message when it's far too late. The mentality of the people raping the planet for financial gain is that it will not affect them, but sadly it will affect future generations to come. Great hub spreading awareness , well done.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Truthfornow, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this issue. Agree that big oil gets away with way too much. BP has been fined several million dollars, the judgment coming down just recently, but they are also suing the U.S. I don't think most people understand the gravity of exactly what is happening with all of these oil spills. Killing our oceans literally, and in the end killing ourselves. Poisoning the water, the soil (when those spills are along the coast or inland) and in turn poisoning all life.


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

This is a very sobering hub. It's so important to protect our resources before they disappear.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Going to share this again and tweet it to make more people aware of just how important a topic this truly is.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you thumbi7 for reading, commenting, voting on, and sharing this article. Sadly, as Peggy W recently remarked, a lot of people are too self-centered to think protecting the environment is something they should bother themselves about.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

We need to take care of our oceans and our planet. BP only got a slap on the wrist in my opinion and there are oil spills all the time in the Gulf. They always say there was no damage or minimal damage.


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India

It is very sad to see how we human beings spoil our beautiful nature.

Lat your article be a wake up call to at least some of us

Voted up and shared


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for reading and commenting on this article and for sharing it. Agree that we need to get 'unhooked' on oil and develop our wind and solar energy more. The reason that isn't happening is because so many big investors already have their money sunk into oil development and they would lose money, a lot of it, if they were to shift their investments. Who would hey sell their oil shares to if oil were to start being phased out? They're stuck with their investments and so as a result are we. Solutions?


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

This information is so important, I am going to share it again. It breaks my heart that our beautiful gulf coast has been so damaged by off-shore drilling ... and there are many who want to expand off-shore drilling here in California. I hope by promoting this article people will think twice about it. Thanks!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Shyron, thank you for your continued interest in this article and for your concern for the environment.

Halliburton has recently pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a pretty hefty fine for their part in this event. I understand BP has a huge fine to pay, but you know, however much it may be a warning to these big companies to be more careful in order to protect their pennies, none of that is going to put our Gulf back the way it was. Parts of it will now be dead for thousands of years.

The southern coastal states and those people most affected by this 'accident' have never received promised payments so they can get 'back to their lives' as the CEO of BP once said he wanted to do. The coastlines of the southern states involved will not be even close to the same as before even in our grandchildren's lifetimes.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

This is such an important hub, it should be hub of the day. I came back to re-read and share and pin. Everyone needs to read this especially

BP people (telling us they have cleaned-up their oil spill) Have Not! Just think the Keystone XL pipeline is more toxic and corrosive than the BP spill. Heaven Help us if they get the go ahead to build it.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping back, Peggy W. Actually this hub is idled most of the time. Sadly, most people don't care about saving our oceans or why they are important to this planet and every living thing on it.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I see you are getting some good comments on this hub. It deserves it!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Samowhamo, too much sun and definitely to the point where it burns your skin is dangerous. Don't forget your sunscreen next time.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

I remember reading somewhere that the reason sunburns are so dangerous is because they burn you not with heat but with radiation and that damages your DNA. The body does have defense mechanisms to repair the DNA but to much radiation exposure damages it irreparably.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

It should. Cancer is ugly and takes no prisoners.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

No I didnt put on vinegar I didnt know vinegar helped but thats alright it dosent hurt anymore I did put nivea on it though. I will remember to bring sunscreen next time cancer of any kind scares me.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

samowhamo, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub. Agree with what you say about people not caring about the environment. Some do care, but they seem to be in the minority.

Hope your sunburn is better. Did you put vinegar on it? It helps take the burn out of it and get it healing faster. Skin cancer is on the rise and it's no laughing matter. Remember your sun protection next time.


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samowhamo 3 years ago

Its because humans dont care about nature Au Fait humans have a looter mentality all they care about is what they can take and give little back and if we dont start caring then sooner or later nature is gonna get back at us. I have always loved the water its like my best friend I love swimming I just got back from swimming today at this place called the Centenial Quarry it use to be an old stone quarry but was made into a swimming area I have a horrible sunburn now because I didnt bring sunscreen ha ha ha. Some interesting things about the quarry its about 50 feet deep and has no shallow end and the further you go out the deeper it gets there is actually some railroad track and train cars buried under the water from when they took stones out of it.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for pinning and tweeting this hub!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by Jen. Really, nothing has changed so far as the oil spill from a few years ago is concerned, and in fact many people are still angry because they believe it is their right to abuse this planet as they wish and that it's just plain silly to worry about that. I wonder sometimes if they have ever examined their own logic about that?


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

This is another one of your well written hubs to add as a pin to my Pinterest board titled Useful Tips and Ideas. Also tweeting.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Paul Kuehn for reading, commenting, voting on, and sharing/pinning/tweeting this hub! Agree that people need to wake up about these issues and realize that even if they don't live near it and can't see it, the oceans and forests are essential to this planet.

I didn't see a button on your profile page for Pinterest. If it were there I would follow you . . .


Jen 3 years ago

This is so sad, and nobody cares anymore. I was just reading about that pipeline that is coming down from Canada in your friend's hub. It seems like everybody cares about money and leaving a big debt to the children, but what about a planet the children can live on that is not poisoned so badly no one can live healthy on it? Who will pay the debt if people destroy this planet and poison themselves to extinction? I think I read this article of yours before. I was just wondering if anything had changed and I wondered if you might have an update.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you rajan jolly, for reading and commenting on this article. What you say is true, and it seems to apply not only to government and big business, but to some political parties and their supporters as well.

This is the only planet we have, and moving to Mars is not yet an option. Even if it were, the pictures I have seen of Mars, though interesting to be sure, are what I think this planet will look like when we get done polluting and destroying it.


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Paul Kuehn 3 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Aufait,

This is an awesome hub which calls attention to the pollution of our oceans and destruction of our rain forests. If this pollution and destruction is not reversed quickly, the future of our planet is indeed bleak. Thanks for sharing this well-researched article. Voting up and sharing with followers. Also Pinning and Tweeting.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Technology has its fall outs sometimes but its up to us to work around those failures and to make for better practices. This write is an eyeopener on all those counts showing how government and the big businesses care two hoots about the environment and the common man. You did well to highlight this mess in the system. Our ecosystem is at its lowest ebb!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Deborah-Diane for reading and commenting on this hub. I agree that no one seems to really care about the oceans. I guess they think they're so extensive that nothing can hurt them. They're wrong. We depend on our oceans being healthy, but sadly very few people seem to care.

Thank you for sharing that information about the seals in your area too. Next time you walk there again take some pictures and write a first hand experience hub about the situation. Maybe if it comes from someone they know it will mean more.


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Deborah-Diane 3 years ago from Orange County, California

Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing this important and helpful hub. So many people are indifferent to the ocean. We live just four miles from Laguna Beach in Southern California. We were walking there last week and, for the first time ever, we saw a dead seal in the sand. They say that an unusual number of young seals this year are beaching themselves to die. Obviously, something is wrong with the ecosystem, but very few people seem concerned.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for stopping by Shyron. Agree that most people are complacent when it comes to destroying our own habitat.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you PegCole17, for reading and commenting on this hub. I appreciate your thoughts on this issue and share them. I hope people will come to their senses one of these day soon, but I have little confidence that will ever happen.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Amanda, for stopping by and checking this hub out. It's taken me a longer time than usual to respond to comments because I've been sicker n' a dog. Glad you enjoyed this hub!


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for reading and commenting on this hub and for the vote up! Lots of people lost their livelihoods as a result of the oil spill and they were not given the promised help to start over either. Some were not young who lost so much and so starting over for them was not so easy . . .


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W, for reading and commenting, voting on and especially for sharing this hub.

It's true that big business, especially big oil, is killing our oceans because we have this uncontrollable craving for more and more and more oil. We are being told everything's OK, but in fact whole sections of our oceans are dying because of oil spills. Huge sections of the ocean have already become dead and cannot support any living thing. It will be decades or longer before that corrects itself, if it ever does.

It's truly amazing how many people have no respect for our planet. They say the ocean will clean itself as if it's no big deal. Yes, the ocean will clean itself so long as there's enough of it left that is able to accomplish that -- but it will take decades to do it, and more and more of the ocean is dying because of more oil spills even as it attempts to repair itself in other areas.

Appreciate your patience Peggy W. I have been so sick with what I guess was the flu that I missed a lot of work this past week and am only now starting to feel like I may live after all. I am a person who is never missing and never late, so not being able to work has been bad too. Thank you again Peggy and hope you are healthy and enjoying a lovely spring day.


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PegCole17 3 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This tragedy, like so many forgotten other issues, have moved off the radar in light of other 'more urgent' issues. What a travesty to our wildlife, our beaches and those people affected by the oil spill. Swept under the rug like dirt.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

vespawoolf, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub and for sharing your views. Agree that it's very sad how we are destroying our planet which will ultimately lead to destroying ourselves.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Au fait, this is such a valuable hub, everyone should read it.


Amanda 3 years ago

Awesome story!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

It's sad what goes on with our earth. When the oil spill was happening I could not stand to watch it on tv. The poor people that had to live with it day in and day out. Voted up


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

These photos are heartbreaking--what a tragic legacy mankind is leaving behind. I've read much about the oil spills and the lasting harm they've produced. Government agencies go to great lengths to deny it, but the drastic decrease in sea life is proof enough for me. Very sad.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you brownella for reading and commenting on this hub. Hopefully you now see how very important phytoplankton is to our world and each of us individually.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

torrilynn, thank you for reading and commenting on this hub, and for the up vote! I thought the trees and plants played a bigger roll too, and technically plants do provide most of our oxygen. It is microscopic plants in the ocean that provide so much of our oxygen -- phytoplankton.


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brownella 3 years ago from New England

Very interesting hub, I remember learning about phytoplankton in school (but I'd forgotten most of it) thanks for the refresher course.


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torrilynn 3 years ago

au fait, really nice hub you have here. i never knew that oceans provided more than half of the oxygen that we all need. i always thought the trees and plants provided the most oxygen. i guess i was wrong. thanks for the article. voted up.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

That video filmed 2 years after the fact of the BP oil spill is really sad and disheartening. Through greed or ignorance or just plain indifference, we are slowly helping to poison our planet. Thanks for raising awareness of this fact. Up votes and sharing.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

You are so right Shyron! Thank you for leaving a comment and shining some light on this hub.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

This is such important information, everyone should read it.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron, for reading and appreciating all the information in this article. Sadly, no one seems to think our oceans are important . . .


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

This is a great hub, and should serve as a wake up call to all who care about our country.

"You never want a drink of water, til the well runs dry" as the song goes.

up and awesome.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Jen for reading and commenting on this hub. Agree with you on all points. Yes, we are dependent on the oceans for half or more of our oxygen and the other half comes from trees and plants. For some reason we are trying to destroy them all. I guess some people value money more than oxygen.


Jen 4 years ago

The pictures are just heartbreaking. I didn't realize we got oxygen from the ocean, or the plankton in the ocean. That's what I like about your articles, I always learn something from them!

It is awful the way the oceans are being destroyed and I guess in doing that we are getting a little closer all the time to destroying ourselves!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you John, for commenting. Yes, we do get half of our oxygen for this planet from the phytoplankton in the ocean. Glad you watched the video. It's sad that so much of the Louisiana marshlands have been destroyed just as they said they would be on account of the oil, but everyone made light of it. The only thing that really matters is money and thank God there's still plenty of that left in all the right pockets!


John Merrill 4 years ago

Didn't realize so much of our oxygen supply was provided by the phytoplankton in the ocean. Didn't even know there were different kinds of plankton. Damn shame what happened in Louisiana. That's a good video clip of it you have on here.

Maybe people who are afraid we going to blow ourselves up with bombs should think about if we might just destroy all of our forests and oceans and then there will eventually be no oxygen to breath.

Great hub Au Fait


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Queen Hypatia: Thank you for your comments. Concur with you completely!


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Queen Hypatia 4 years ago

I watched the video about the Louisiana marshes that you linked to. Very sad that people do not want to protect our planet. Funny how people talk about out children's future all of the time but then harm our planet where our children will have to live and say they have no choice. There are lots of choices but they are not easy ones. Investors would loose a lot of money on their oil investments if they started investing in renewable energies, but it would be best for now and for the future if they did.

Very interesting and I like learning what has changed since the Gulf Oil Spill. Very sad that not enough people seem to care.


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Diogenes: Thank you Bob for commenting. Greed is what causes people of both sexes to forget about everything except the almighty $, £, or whatever. Greed is as bad as any addiction.

I love rainy days, thunder and lightening, and cool temps. Trade you even up for my sunshine and 90+ temps . . .


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for your comment, and for adding to the discussion, Shyron!


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Greed is a horrible affliction and self-perpetrating I believe. It seems to be linked with sexual inadequacy where men are concerned. The erect phallus is replaced by the Ferrari, the yacht and the bank account. That's why you see so many women leaving men who fail financially.

It doesn't seem to work with a Suzuki!

Nice to see ya on a rainy morning in the UK au fait Rx


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Diogenes: Thank you for your comments, Bob. I would disagree in that I believe the problem is first of all greed. I think greed can turn people evil, or perhaps just bring out the natural evil that was there all along. The flowers are being destroyed like everything else, in the name of greed -- so smell them at every opportunity while they last!


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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

rebekahELLE: Thank you for your comments and for the Tweet! I really hope people are watching the video I've inked to about the Louisiana marshes and the newspaper quote from Tampa FL. I'm glad you care and I hope more people will take an interest.


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

Au Fait, Yes, I am both sad and angry about what our fellow man is doing to us. I am angry about the commercial that tells us that BP has cleaned up the mess they are responsible, and then I hear about the mutant fish and shrimp. Top that off with the wetlands that are being lost at a rate of one football field length every 38 minutes.

You are partly wrong diogenes, when you said man isn't evil, most are not, but the ones that are EVIL are running roughshod over the ones that are not, and the evil ones, are planning more distruction by shutting down the EPA. And to add insult to injury they want to drill for more oil.

Is, something like this, going to make a dead sea/sea of oil for the United States?


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Hi dear: It's just hopeless. There's no way man will be deterred from his destructive path. I can't stand to see those poor birds caught in oil any more. I am at the stage of life where I would pull a lever and obliterate man from the planet if I could.

Why is evolution so flawed that it allows any species to overpopulate to the the point of extinction?

Man isn't evil, just helpless it seems.

It's so sad we are consumed by so much destruction there is no time for joy and to smell the flowers.

I have written hundreds of articles pleading for reason as have many much more able writers, but nothing changes except it gets worse all the time.

Bob x


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rebekahELLE 4 years ago from Tampa Bay

Thanks for writing about this on Earth Day. I think you're right when you write, out of sight, out of mind. Unless the media is sensationalizing it, it's apparently not of importance. I'm giving this a tweet. I care!

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