Incomplete food chain …

In the well produced and I assume well financed vid below it is in error for not including and stressing the importance of the smaller earlier but totally essential diatoms and algae, leading to protozoa and phytoplankton and zooplankton. Four and five successive and distinct layers in which  none of them can be dispensed with, until now of course and therefore the marine food chain will and apparently is collapsing.

For instance the massive seabird collapse three / four years ago, largely unexplained, buried as news, we do know massive numbers flew inshore a total contradiction to their habit and their stomachs were empty, they were starving.

Never does anyone talk of diatoms but heres a comment i made today for the embed below and it sums up the matter well…

I quote …. “Great job BUT …. is that sea floor greatly depleted (I don’t know the area)… also you MUST please include diatoms and plankton in the food chain, without them none of this exists. Diatoms also provide 20% of the worlds CO2 to O conversion and ironically its burning the ancient diatom accretions of oil and gas that have led to their and our impending demise. Seventy percent of our oil and gas is of diatom origin. The irony is tragic. Diatoms are microscopic and to paraphrase trump “Who would have tought something so small was so important” ….

unquote.

Hint : google image search  ‘diatoms’…

Heres where i found the embed above … https://futurism.com/2017-costliest-disasters-u-s-history

 

 

Climate change discussion.

Just found this … https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-35068-1

… its in nature.com so it has validity.

With the temp rise, the loss of diatoms and the loss of coral (erroneously in my opinion termed ‘bleaching) the bryozoans fail, die because the microscopic partners have gone. Therefore to paraphrase trump … “Who would have known invisible things could be so complicated” … yup!

I got the link above from arctic-news … makes for the grimmest reading, but I’m glad its there. As I’ve learnt and repeated for the life of this blog the past year it is the sledge hammer threat from the thawing subsea methane that will stop the pendulum of life. Its a fact, its elementary observation and realisation, things as yet hardly seen that we cannot get politicians or the IPCC to take heed; the latter as generally acknowledged by climate-savvy scientists to be a report twenty years behind; witness the fact that the IPCC does not even recognise or factor in the importance of arctic methane release which in fact will be the death of us all.

Yet can we get ‘the man in the street’ to ponder on these things, to think a little bit more ???

Go back to my post half a year ago ‘making a model of planet Earth’ we are in fact a habitable zone of a wet cigarette paper placed on a childs 8inch football. Thats all we have and so hence our habitable layer is ultra sensitive to change, is staggeringly interconnected in all climate systems, jet stream, oceanic waterflow, gulf stream, accelerated melting of Greenland ad infinitum …  never mind the fun down in the Antarctic.

http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/

http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/2019/01/global-extinction-within-18-34-months.html

Please note I always have my radar turned on for either plain simple crackpot sites or sites designed to mislead or render a subject as ‘nuts’ ie misinformation. Beware that general media can be ‘loaded’ in this respect. My own beef being bbc radio news r4 being so un-crtical of trump and their choice of words actually sounding to support him or serve him up in the best light. That is what I think is the value of my blog, quality material.

postscript …. we may as well have the video from the latest arctic-news, it makes a valuable contribution.

 

Its just hit me, this year I cannot recall seeing the little hoverflies that used to be so prevalant at my local nature reserve the ‘pit heap’.

In five years time will I be able to see any honeybees, any pied flycatchers here in the UK ?? … I think the answer will be negative.

Coral reef without diatoms?

Diatoms are a keen interest of mine and heres a e360yale article that as with all others never seems to involve or stress the importance of diatoms in the symbiotic relationship /actual existance of coral reef.

I might be wrong, I’m only an interested layman with a few hundred hours of hobby microscope time ie freshwater algae but it vexes me when this vital aspect is basically ignored. The answer is already there ie temperature rise.

Show any child an image or view of diatoms and they will be fascinated, its hard to be otherwise.

https://e360.yale.edu/features/as-disease-ravages-coral-reefs-scientists-scramble-for-solutions

 

postscript … at our mostly okay Secondary School north UK circa 1969-74  maybe only  once did the microscopes come come out of their dark cupboard; the teacher himself must have never realised life at microscopic level, algae etc its wonders and beauty. Or maybe just too lazy, probably the latter. He was too interested in his beloved youth club, forms and paperwork that should not have displaced his teaching effort. I have literally sat through complete lessons playing ‘hangman’ (many times in fact) a kids pen and paper time filler whilst the pillock was busy on admin he should have done elsewhere. A lot of hangman….

I mention this because a couple of days ago a bbc radio news reporter was ‘alarmed’ to interview a cash strapped African teacher of biology and he admitted they did not have a microscope to help reveal a great number of otherwise hidden detail. Alarm! How upsetting, how tragic. How bullshit! No such facility was offered to us up in our village Secondary School in England. And anyway, a textbook is all you need to get through any O level or as we did a simpler thing called CSE.

Likewise here locally a more industrial area a couple of years ago publicity was made re a group of students from China (say fifteen year olds?) and that old standby photographic prop the microscope was featured, it was obvious this was a prop, merely to give ‘an impression’ of a more involved level of competence and enquiry. Again. B/S raises its ugly head….