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Deadly Dolphin skin disease linked to climate change
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Dolphins have increasingly been developing Ulcerative Dermatitis. It is a serious problem. It took time to find the cause, exposure to fresh water.  The fresh water happens in the coastal waters after big hurricanes like Katrina. They flood the coastal waters with fresh water and decrease its salinity. It takes months for conditions to return to normal. During that time dolphins living in the coastal waters are exposed to decreased salinity. That is enough to trigger the ulcerative dermatitis.
Big hurricanes and other extreme weather events are being brought on by the effects of climate change. As climate change intensifies we can expect more  problems with coastal waters  and therefore more dolphin casualties.


https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-envir...-1.5239443

Everywhere we look we see the negative effects of climate change. This is just one more in a long list. It is tragic because dolphins are in no way responsible for what is happening, they are just the victims of it.
What will it take for us to take climate change seriously and do something about it.
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Catherine

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(12-22-2020, 04:41 PM)Catherine Wrote: This is just one more in a long list. It is tragic because dolphins are in no way responsible for what is happening, they are just the victims of it.
What will it take for us to take climate change seriously and do something about it?

Humans again - ruining the world with their pollution and global warming. Animals have not caused these problems, but they must suffer because of our actions. Seems unfair but that's the way it is.
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I hope we can find some way to help the dolphins. Surely there is some treatment that would help.

You are right, this is so unfair. We have caused this and we need to fix it. Working on climate change would benefit us too so we should be motivated to do something.  This should never have happened. Humans just keep making bad choices for worse reasons.
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(12-23-2020, 04:47 PM)Catherine Wrote: We have caused this and we need to fix it. Working on climate change would benefit us too so we should be motivated to do something.  This should never have happened. Humans just keep making bad choices for worse reasons.

I couldn't agree more!
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I can't find anything on an actual treatment for the condition. I hope we are working on one. The dolphins need help now.
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(12-22-2020, 04:41 PM)That is so sad... I know that run off is causing all sorts of problems with polution and salinity changes.  It is pretty bad for any animal that lives in brackish water... like crabs.  Climate change is also causing ocean  acidification as the CO2 released by power plants disolves back into the ocean.  Maybe if dolphins were vegans they could reduce their carbon footprint... But yea, it is none of these animals fault... Do you have any way to support the fight against global warming here? Catherine Wrote: Dolphins have increasingly been developing Ulcerative Dermatitis. It is a serious problem. It took time to find the cause, exposure to fresh water.  The fresh water happens in the coastal waters after big hurricanes like Katrina. They flood the coastal waters with fresh water and decrease its salinity. It takes months for conditions to return to normal. During that time dolphins living in the coastal waters are exposed to decreased salinity. That is enough to trigger the ulcerative dermatitis.
Big hurricanes and other extreme weather events are being brought on by the effects of climate change. As climate change intensifies we can expect more  problems with coastal waters  and therefore more dolphin casualties.


https://www.ctvnews.ca/climate-and-envir...-1.5239443

Everywhere we look we see the negative effects of climate change. This is just one more in a long list. It is tragic because dolphins are in no way responsible for what is happening, they are just the victims of it.
What will it take for us to take climate change seriously and do something about it.
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To help the individual species problems we are going to have to tackle the big problem, climate change. There is some work being done, but right now it is too little too late. 

This is what is being done about climate change.

https://unfccc.int/process-and-meetings/...-agreement


All the countries involved need to push further and make sure all targets are reached. 
We can reach our climate goals and we can do more.  Admittedly 2020  has a lot of other problems that make it hard to focus on climate, but ultimately climate change is the one problem we cannot ignore.

What we lack right now is a common understanding of the problem of climate change in the general population. Too many people still say they don't believe in global warming. They don't see a skin problem in dolphins as something that concerns them. They do not recognize it as a sign of a much bigger problem, one that can effect them in their lifetimes. Unfortunately we don't have time to stop and educate everyone. We have to push ahead with fighting climate change.
If we are successful many people will never believe there was a problem.
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