"Most people think the deep sea is so far away that humans don’t affect it..."
Waste. We are so bad at seeing the long-term I doubt most people would think about the impact on the deep sea even if it were on their back yard.
This reminds me of news about housing developments in ex-farmland that sit on decades of unregulated toxic pesticides. They are just starting to see high rates of illness and defects, and no one knows who can/will pay for the cleanup.
I can hear Sting singing "You want to spend the winter in Firenze, Squid in a deep sea..."
Or would it be
"Packed like squids into shiny metal boxes..."
Couldn't resist. If you wonder where this all comes from recent American presidents have done little to stop big companies from dump and forget.
- EPA to make toxics reporting standards more lenient for industry (09/16/05)
- EPA head defends pesticide testing on children (06/02/05)
- EPA lets industry write its own voluntary rules for water security (12/09/04)
- EPA fails to enforce adequate testing for lead in drinking water (10/05/04)
- White House contaminates pollution study (01/10/05)
- Bush administration refuses to crack down on diesel pollution (06/07/02)
White House seeks to relax environmental rules affecting manufacturers (03/09/05)
- Bush administration air pollution plan would exempt 58,000 industrial sources (03/01/05)
- More pollution at national parks promised by Bush drilling juggernaut (01/28/05)
- EPA weakens mercury reduction requirements for power plants (03/15/05)
- Congressional watchdog agency concludes EPA distorted mercury analysis (03/07/05)
Not a big surprise. This is what happens when lobbyists for the mining, oil and gas industries are appointed to lead departments intended to protect the environment from harm.
This past Feb saw yet another sad chapter:
"Whatever one's opinion of the need for greater controls on mercury emissions or the use of cap-and-trade for this sort of pollutant, the D.C. Circuit's opinion makes abundantly clear that the Bush EPA's effort was illegal. Indeed, after reading the opinion it is not at all clear to me that the EPA even tried to comply with the Clean Air Act's requirements in writing their rules."
This is not some far away issue. The regulation of toxins is a real security threat and civilians are impacted all the time as I mentioned here:
Expect the price of clean water to rise dramatically as destroying it remains unregulated while securing it becomes more expensive, discussed here:
Time to squid off...