As we pump more CO2 into the atmosphere, this familiar yet hazardous gas is already accumulating at levels never before measured in human history—a foreboding sign of what changes it has yet to cause.
Dr. Bruce Monger, is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University. His research involves the use of satellite remote sensing methods to study environmental controls of ocean primary production at global scales.
Dr. Monger received his BA degree from the University of Washington, his PhD from the University of Hawaii and served as a postdoctoral researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He currently serves as a member of NASA’s Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Science Team.
Disregard for the ocean as the primary driver of climate and weather might be forgiven 50 years ago, but now we know: The living ocean governs planetary chemistry; regulates temperature; generates most of the oxygen in the sea and atmosphere; powers the water, carbon, and nitrogen cycles; and holds 97 percent of Earth’s water and 97 percent of the biosphere. Quite simply, no ocean, no life. No blue, no green. If not for the ocean, there would be no climate to discuss or anyone around to debate the issues.
Dr. Monger presents a long list of troubling trends concerning meat’s harmful impact on the global ocean and the earth environment in general. Here are just a few issues below that we discussed during our interview. Dr. Monger is a fantastic professor and delivers his lectures with passion and fun. Please do not miss out on his hilarious story about CO2 at the end of the interview; you will love it and him. You can connect with Dr. Monger via his website at http://www.geo.cornell.edu/ocean/web/people/monger.html