Climate researchers warn that the ocean's ability to serve as such a massive carbon sink may soon hit a tipping point once it becomes saturated and thus unable to keep CO2 from rapidly accumulating in the atmosphere, throwing global warming into overdrive and causing seawater to acidify.
There are a growing number of global citizens that refuse to believe in a world without elephants and rhinos, who believe that man has no right to make another species extinct, and who are acutely aware that the greatest threat to wildlife is the belief that someone else will save it.
Prominent New Zealand business leaders have teamed up with many of the most respected international conservation agencies and spokespeople to urge the New Zealand Government to consider a complete ban on all ivory trading.
Against all odds, the great apes have hung on in remote pockets of the world into the 21st century. Their fate will decided in the remainder of the century, as we grapple with large scale environmental changes that threaten our own lives as well.
We've developed this language which has enabled us to talk about things that aren't present. We are in a position to understand our relation to the rest of the planet. And I think that's what's makes us different.