We need to understand our part in the health of the oceans and what we can do to help. It is clear that the oceans are not as healthy as they once were and that people rely on them for food, recreation, and climate variations. It is important to understand all of the factors that go into keeping the ocean healthy from individual behaviors to corporate decisions to political involvement. We all need to educate ourselves and stay involved in this issue.
Deep Trouble How to Improve the Health of the Ocean
May 27th 2017
The ocean sustains humanity. Humanity treats it with contempt
EARTH is poorly named. The ocean covers almost three-quarters of the planet. It is divided into five basins: the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Indian, the Arctic and the Southern oceans. Were all the planet’s water placed over the United States, it would form a column of liquid 132km tall. The ocean provides 3bn people with almost a fifth of their protein (making fish a bigger source of the stuff than beef). Fishing and aquaculture assure the livelihoods of one in ten of the world’s people. Climate and weather systems depend on the temperature patterns of the ocean and its interactions with the atmosphere. If anything ought to be too big to fail, it is the ocean.
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