One display area that we skipped was "Arctic and Antarctic, our polar regions in peril". That was seriously the label hung on the wall to describe the display hall. The first chapter of the visitors guide goes on to say that "climate change, which is causing warmer ocean temperatures, melting ice, rising seas, and more, is posing a serious threat to these fragile ecosystems and ultimately people and animals across the globe." They go on to say "the scientific evidence is clear- Earth is warming" blaming the "warming" on burning of coal, oil, natural gas and deforestation. They claim sea levels could rise more than 3 feet by the end of this century.
Later in the booklet, they claim that while the kelp forests recover following the warm temperatires of El Nino conditions, they will not be able to adapt to permanent rises in ocean temps due to climate change.
They also say that sand temps in Florida have increased already, causing 90 percent of Loggerhead turtle hatchlings to become female.
Next, they claim that ocean acidification due to fossil fuel burning and increased CO2 in the water causes decreased availability of carbonate materials for shell creatures.
Only the Lorakeet forest remains unmolested by the ravages of climate change, apparently.
The portion at the end of the book about "what you can do" could have been written by Obama himself. It recommends conserving electricity and water in the home, switching to CFL and LED light bulbs, weatherizing windows, combining car trips, "purchase carbon credits from companies that provide them to offset the emissions that you cannot yourself eliminate", contact your representatives about climate change and talk to family, friends and neighbors about climate change.
Did these people never hear about Climate Gate? I love the displays and animals at the aquarium, but it is dangerous to the minds of impressionable children. Best to attend armed with skepticism and the latest research data to counteract the relentless propaganda spewed at the kids by the aquarium administration.
|Humans mix it up with ocean creatures, up to 5 divers were in the tank entertaining young and old alike.|