Is Noise the Next Environmental Disaster Waiting to Happen?

Some people say mankind itself is the real problem. A method used thirty years ago to find oil is restarting after 30yrs.

We read this on TheScientist and as is usually the case with these The World is Doomed by Thursday articles, they each have some found basis on real fact. Of course whales are gonna be affected by loud noises. As far as we know they're still talking to each other using their original God-given and designed method of talking to each other (even if you are totally atheist you gotta admit these creatures have not changed how they communicate). They use sound - vibrations and sound. We really have little, if any, understanding of exactly how they talk to each other but it seems they can talk over vast distances.

Anyway, scientists are worried that an old and unused method of looking for water - an air-gun - is going to kill the oceans starting from plankton and moving up the chain to beautiful and kind whales. That would really such, of course, but as is often our position on all things scientific, if you cannot make it happen twice or three or four times in a lab, you cannot prove anything. Climate, and animal behavior are high on the list of things you cannot reproduce anywhere.

From TheScientist:

“If approved, this would be the first seismic air-gun blasting [to search for oil and gas] in the Atlantic in 30 years,” says Diane Hoskins, a campaign director at Oceana, an ocean conservation advocacy group. Drilling for natural resources off the Atlantic Coast was put on hold in the 1980s.

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Now, there is renewed interest in searching for fuel in the region, but the benefits, she says, don’t outweigh the potential risks to marine life. The blasts, scientists have begun to show, can disrupt whales’ ability to communicate and possibly mate, change fishes’ behavior, and even kill zooplankton—tiny ocean organisms that serve as the foundation for the marine food web.

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