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Jeremy Jackson: Ocean Apocalypse

Evening Lecture | Jeremy Jackson: Ocean Apocalypse | January 7, 2013

What are the impacts of overfishing? (10:55)

What if the world’s garbage, sewage and toxic waste had been piled up on land instead of dumped in the ocean? (17:40)

Global Warming: Are the penguins and polar bears doomed? (28:22)

How much will the sea level rise in the 21st Century? (41:07)

Can we avoid Ocean Apocalypse? (54:35)

Jeremy Jackson is Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution and Professor of Oceanography Emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He studies human impacts on the oceans and the ecology and paleoecology of tropical and subtropical marine ecosystems. Jackson is author of more than 150 scientific publications and eight books. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jackson has received numerous prizes and awards including most recently the Peterson Medal from Harvard University, the Paleontological Medal, the BBVA International Prize in Ecology and Conservation, and the Society for Conservation Biology LaRoe Award for Outstanding Contributions to Conservation Biology. Jackson’s work on historical overfishing and the collapse of coastal ecosystems was chosen by Discover magazine as the outstanding scientific achievement of 2001. Island Press just published his latest book, Shifting Baselines: The Past and Future of Ocean Fisheries, in August 2011.

Jeremy Jackson’s presentation, “Ocean Apocalypse” is the College’s academic year 2012-2013 International Lecture. The lecture is sponsored by the Naval War College Foundation in memory of Edgar W.B. Fairchild, a former Foundation Trustee, through the generosity of Mr. Fairchild’s estate.



7 Comments on "Jeremy Jackson: Ocean Apocalypse"

  1. J-Gav on Fri, 27th Dec 2013 6:25 pm 

    Catch those graphs starting at 11’30″ and follow for a while. Ditto at 20’30″ etc. Yikes! Well, this info is not necessarily brand new but there’s a considerable quantity of it distilled into one lecture. Could the consequences of a potential ocean/fishery collapse be on a par with those of Peak Oil and Climate Change? Probably pretty close …

  2. GregT on Fri, 27th Dec 2013 10:06 pm 

    I watched a lecture given by Dr. Jackson, at The Scripps Institute of Oceanography, back in/or around 2003. His presentation here, is a very watered down version, of what he gave to his graduating class back then. He predicted then, that the world’s oceans would be dominated by cyanobacteria and jellyfish by around 2030.

    Judging from the changes that I have seen in the Ocean here, in the last 10 years, I do not find that at all surprising.

  3. peakyeast on Fri, 27th Dec 2013 11:11 pm 

    When you see presentations like this it makes a lot of sense why the world governments are implementing crowd control and preparing for civil wars – instead of trying to solve the problems.

    If they try to solve the problems the same thing will happen – now it will just be the government and not nature that does the adjustment to population – and of course spineless creatures of mass control cant take any responsibility – after all they are there for the fame, money and power – not to lead and take responsibility..

    Thats how things go when governments are inhabited by jellyfish & stingrays and has been for decades.

  4. Makati1 on Sat, 28th Dec 2013 12:20 am 

    We are on a rapidly speeding up suicide course. The oceans keep the ecosystems balanced and alive. When they go, we go.

  5. action on Sat, 28th Dec 2013 12:59 am 

    Great lecture, very smart man. He ties together all the problems beautifully, not just fishery destruction. Of course we’re fucked; and the optimism he presents is just for those who would otherwise start crying in the middle of the lecture. That short list of mandatory changes is so far fetched to say it will never happen. The vast majority chooses persoanl prosperity today and continues living their lives, rather than sacrifice for the collective benefit of tomorrow – willingly or by force from goverment. What can one really do anyways to actually prevent this from happening (besides vote – cmon really?), we’re trapped in this mode of survival. Everyday the ignorant entitled masses grow larger, the challenges get harder, and our time gets shorter. Happy holidays!

  6. jedrider on Sat, 28th Dec 2013 11:06 pm 

    I’m half-way through and Wow! I got to hear this over again from the beginning. He is doing a mid-lecture summary that sea level rise is our savior and I really got to agree at this time. Anything that can eradicate humanity has to be a good at this point!

  7. rollin on Sun, 29th Dec 2013 5:06 am 

    Everyone alive today was born into a dying ecosystem. Due to the increase in available energy, technology and population ecosystems are dying within a generation or two.