The Last Days of the Ocean

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The fate of the world’s oceans doesn’t get a whole lot of press coverage these days—if any—but in fact they’re all an utter mess, and it’s a real problem. From Julia Whitty’s now-online cover story from the March issue of Mother Jones: “Science now recognizes that the ocean is not just a pretty vista or a distant horizon but the vital circulatory, respiratory, and reproductive organs of our planet, and that these biological systems are suffering.” Read on for the gruesome details.

You can read this month’s complete oceans package online here, with articles on, among other things, the effects of over-fishing and how the fishing industry is allowed to regulate itself; how polar bears now face extinction; how Navy sonar is killing whales, and how a company set up by George H.W. Bush is killing off the most important fish in America you’ve never heard of.

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