Scientists Outline How to Protect 13 of Worlds Oceans by 2030

first_img Scientists have worked out how to protect more than a third of the world’s oceans by 2030.In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers mapped the global oceans, which cover almost half our planet, envisioning what a world-wide network of ocean sanctuaries could look like.Their aim is to safeguard wildlife and mitigate impacts of climate change, particularly in the vast waters outside national borders.A team of analysts from the University of York, University of Oxford, and Greenpeace showed that 30 to 50 percent of the global oceans could be saved by employing a network of marine reserves across the high seas—free from harmful human activity.“Extraordinary losses of seabirds, turtles, sharks, and marine mammals reveal a broken governance system that governments at the United Nations must urgently fix,” Callum Roberts, a marine conservation biologist at the University of York, said in a statement.“This report shows how protected areas could be rolled out across international waters to create a net of protection that will help save species from extinction and help them survive in our fast-changing world,” he added.Only 5 percent of the world’s oceans are currently protected in sanctuaries. And a vast majority of those are limited to national waters, mostly around Greenland and Antarctica.Scientists warn that our seas are at risk from fishing, deep seabed mining, global warming, and other pollution. Large-scale protection (50 percent) would increase the resilience of aquatic ecosystems in the face of climate change and acidification.See for yourself in this interactive map.“Over the next 18 months, governments around the world have an unique opportunity to establish a global framework for protecting the oceans,” according to Greenpeace UK campaigner Louisa Casson.Britain’s Environment Secretary Michael Gove agrees, joining Greenpeace “in calling for the UK and other countries to work together toward a UN High Seas Treaty.”“The UK is already on course to protect over half of its waters,” he boasted.More on Scientists Reproduce Origins of Life on Ocean FloorClimate Change Will Affect the Color of Oceans, Study SaysThese Ocean Robots Spent a Year Collecting Data Under Antarctic Ice Stay on target Male Dolphin Dies After Being Impaled in Head Off Florida CoastNASA Satellites Spot Largest Seaweed Bloom in the World last_img