Dryden Aqua: we want to make a better world
We are committed to fighting against pollution and to protect our environment from climate change. We are convinced to have found the main mechanism of global warming. In brief, our hypothesis is as following:
The increase in the CO2 content in the atmosphere is not directly related to the increased CO2 from anthropogenic emissions.
Scientific studies quantify that the burning of fossil fuels only accounts for between 1 % and a maximum of 5 % of all the CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. This is a much lower amount than most appreciate. The UK Royal Society acknowledges that aquatic algae growth should have increased to compensate for the increased emissions of CO2. Instead, quite the reverse has happened; marine phytoplankton productivity in the oceans has actually declined.
The increase of CO2 in the atmosphere and acidification of the oceans is not caused by man-made CO2 emissions but rather a decline in the ability of the ecosystem to metabolise the CO2 in the atmosphere.
Marine phytoplankton converts carbon dioxide into oxygen through photosynthesis. They are responsible for 90 % of the planets CO2 fixation and oxygen production. However since the beginning of the chemical revolution around 1950, fixation of carbon dioxide and marine productivity has dropped by 40 % which is the primary reason for the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Bioactive toxins such as PCB’s and PDBE fire retardants from municipal and industrial wastewater are increasing in all of the world’s oceans and are at concentrations that can supress photosynthetic activity, even in the southern oceans. The decline in productivity reduces CO2 fixation, resulting in higher concentrations of carbonic acid causing ocean acidification and an increase in atmospheric CO2. The impact of aquatic pollution and ocean acidification is much more dramatic than appreciated. We know from experience as Marine Biologists that at a pH of 7.9 the marine ecosystem will experience a cascade failure.
We are already beginning to witness huge shifts in the marine environment with much greater numbers of jellyfish and squid and declining fish populations. At a pH of 7.9, carbonate eggs cannot form. Given that most marine animals and many plants have carbonate shells, we are looking at a complete collapse of the marine ecosystem and the possibility that the terrestrial ecosystem system will follow. Basically we have a situation that could be much worse than climate change and it’s happening now. Oceanic pH has already dropped from 8.3 to 8.09.
If we act now to prevent bioactive discharges of aquatic pollutants from municipal wastewater
and industrial effluent, we have a chance to re-
verse the trend. We need the industry to stop using such toxic chemicals and we need to treat all of our wastewater. Not just in our own country but in every country; because we are all connected to the same ocean, atmosphere and planet.
We only have 25 years left to reverse the trend.