Thursday, 26 July 2018

Ocean's 87

Research has demonstrated that humans are doing a pretty thorough job of trashing the oceans as a mere 13% of this habitat (mainly in the really remote Pacific and near the poles) is currently undegraded in terms of its living systems being decimated(https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/26/just-13-of-global-oceans-undamaged-by-humanity-research-reveals). Although we rely on our oceans only 5% has the protection of being designated a marine protection area (and people seem to be constantly complaining about any limitations placed on their exploitation of such habitats). We are not just talking here of floating/suspended plastics and must include other types of pollution;  over-fishing; extracting hydrocarbons and other minerals; marine transport and ocean acidification et cetera. I suspect, in the current climate, that the 13% will not remain undamaged.

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