More Signs The
Environment Is Failing
By George A. Filer <>
MUFON Eastern Director
MUFON Skywatch Investigations
Filer's Files #35-1998
Frogs and salamanders that have lived on the Earth for 350 million years are dying in alarming numbers in many areas of the world. In many pristine areas of the world frogs are dying from unknown causes. Half the Nicaragua's frogs have disappeared and large populations in pristine areas of Minnesota our dying or being born with alarming birth defects. These are indicator animals that tells us the worlds environment is in trouble.
The Los Angles Times reported steadily warming ocean is devastating marine life along the coast of California. Researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography said, "From microscopic plankton and forests of kelp to the fish, birds and mammals that depend on them for sustenance, marine life is dying." The researchers, who studied extensive water temperature records dating to 1916, documented an overall temperature increase of 2 degrees Fahrenheit in coastal waters along the length of the West coast in recent decades. The new blanket of warmer water is slowly smothering ocean life by preventing more fertile deep Pacific currents from rising to the surface. This blocks the source of nourishment for the rich menagerie of marine life for which the West Coast is known. The warmer waters also enable fish and animals to migrate northward from tropical waters and edge out California's native species. The decline in plankton which form the basis of the marine food chain had severe consequences for many larger species. Abalone, Squid, and Chinook salmon are almost gone.
Rueters reports a melting Antarctic glacier could lead to the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, causing global sea levels to rise as much as 20 feet, researchers said. Satellite radar images between 1992 and 1996 of Pine Island glacier in West Antarctica showed the glacier is shrinking. "It is important because it could lead to a collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet," said study leader Eric Rignot, a radar scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. "We are seeing a glacier melt in the heart of Antarctica." Antarctica has about 90% of the world's glacial ice. Scientists say this data from remote and stormy West Antarctica could be the first real evidence that some of these massive glaciers might actually be retreating rapidly. "The continuing retreat of Pine Island glacier could be a symptom of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet disintegration ," said Craig Lingle, a glaciologist at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks who is familiar with the study. "If the sheet did collapse, it would push sea levels up throughout the world, with regions near sea level experiencing more flooding and faster erosion," Lingle said. From Reuters 7/23/98
The New York Times reported "The AIDS virus is spreading rapidly in many parts of the world. Africa is particularly hard hit with as many as 25% of adults aged 15 to 49 years being infected with the virus that causes AIDS. Around the world the disease rivals the greatest epidemics of history. The United Nations claims that more than 30 million people now carry the HIV virus. Over 20 million live in Africa where the disease is spreading at an ever increasing rate. Botswana and Zimbabwe a quarter of the adults are infected with 13 countries having over 10% of the adult population infected.
In Europe although AIDS infection is comparatively low, a population implosion worries a graying Europe. Birth rates in many countries are in a rapid, sustained decline. Never before except in times of war and plague have birth rates fallen so low for so long. No country in Europe is having enough children to even replace its population. The citizenry is growing old and there are not enough children to replace them. For example, in Italy is the first nation in history to have more people over the age 60 then there are people under 20. This year Germany, Greece, and Spain will also pass the magic divide. There is also an alarming reduction in the sperm count among young men contributing to the lower birth rate. Editors Note: Its almost as if an outside force is working to reduce the population in Europe and Africa. These trends are alarming and indicate trouble ahead for our civilization. It struck me that all these environmental problems may not all be man-made.