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Plan to ban lobster is a harbinger of climate crisis

June 18, 2010

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The proposed moratorium on lobster fishing in the waters south of Cape Cod is a necessary response to a painful reality (“Lobster ban urged for south of Cape,’’ Metro, June 11). As climate change warms the waters, lobsters have grown more susceptible to disease, and their numbers have dwindled significantly. Shrinking lobster populations affect local economies; moratorium or no, it’s the fishermen who will take it on the chin.

What’s happening to Cape Cod’s lobstermen is a strong indicator of what to expect over the next decades, as the changing climate cripples indigenous ecosystems in unpredictable ways. All over the world, people whose lives and incomes depend on natural resources will find themselves under significant and unanticipated threat. This is yet another reason to take the threat of catastrophic global warming seriously; the difficulties of the Cape’s lobstermen are a harbinger of disaster. What will it take for us to pay attention?

WARREN SENDERS
Medford

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