“Scientists who have visited the affected rivers say the event is the biggest ecological disaster Bolivia has known, and, as an example of a sudden climatic change wreaking havoc on wildlife, it is unprecedented in recorded history.”
Millions of fish dead, thousands of alligators, turtles and river dolphins.
“There’s just a huge number of dead fish,” says Michel J’gu, a researcher from the Institute for Developmental Research in Marseilles, France, who is currently working at the Noel Kempff Mercado Natural History Museum in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. “In the rivers near Santa Cruz there’s about 1,000 dead fish for every 100 metres of river.”
With such extreme climatic events potentially becoming more common due to climate change, scientists are hurrying to coordinate research into the impact, and how quickly the ecosystem is likely to recover.
You will be reading a lot more about climate collapse and the ecosystem. The notion of “recovery” however, is wishful thinking. Like the American economy, the climate is tanking all over the world. A new equilibrium will be found, but it won’t be like anything you recognized before.