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Jeremy Jackson: How we wrecked the ocean - TED video

Posted by Rick Hartley 10 years ago

I met a girl who sang the blues and I asked her for some happy news — She just smiled and turned away

- American Pie by Don McLean

The TED website describes this video from ecologist Jeremy Jackson (sometimes called ‘Dr. Doom’) as ‘bracing’. Umm, yeah, I’ll describe it ‘remove all sharp objects from your general vicinity’.

The images and examples he uses are very powerful. I was left however, with two major critical requests. First, it ends up being too short. I wish this had been an hour long lecture instead of 18 minutes. I found myself wanting a lot more information. Next, the McLean quote above is exactly what came to mind after I watched it. I wish he had more time to describe different options being studied to help improve the situation.

It’s worth watching for the examples he describes of algae, red tide, coral bleaching, and jellyfish infestations. These are all concrete ways to visualize what is happening in the oceans (and get very worried).