The oceans. Without them, we could not survive.
As a diplomat, I spent a working lifetime promoting the interests of my country, and (I hope) the interests of the world as whole.
I know from experience that it can be difficult to engage a hostile audience in a few words. On a controversial subject like climate change, it’s even harder. Occasionally, however, somebody writes words that just stop you in your tracks and make even the unbelievers realise that something they never really cared about actually matters.
Take, for instance, the article tucked away in the Books and Arts section of the 12 May 2012 edition of The Economist. Titled An ocean of troubles, it contains the following two sentences: “One effect of the warming ocean, for example, is to increase the density difference between the surface and the chilly deep, which in turn decreases mixing of them. That means less oxygen is making it down to the depths, reducing the liveability of the oceans.”
Even for someone who doesn’t know science, those 45 words send a simple message. I applaud this commendably clear writing that lifts the lid on a story to which we should all listen.
For the full story, go to http://www.economist.com/node/21554490.