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03 Oct 13 13:07

Will we be witness to a mass extinction like none before? If we look at the latest status report card on the health of the oceans just released by the International Program on the State of the Ocean the answer is a potential yes. Acidification, overfishing, warming waters - all this contributes to a rapid decline of species and an increase of oxygen free death zones worldwide.

For climate change there are advocates - I wonder where they are for the oceans? Governments don't seem to care, the private sector does not see a role, people are not interested. I ask myself what it will take to trigger action to save the oceans. Do we have to petition for ocean parks - just like national parks but these would be global?

Maybe we should. In the EU we even could. There is a mechanism to get the commission to take up topics - just as the population of Europe did it, when changes to the tap-water suppliers were planned.

Any more ideas what could be done - because I think we need something here.

Category: Food security, Climate/natural disasters: Climate change, Other


Lea Mueller - 3 Oct 2013, 2:53 p.m.

Concerning overfishing there is a beautiful video on the dreadful topic of the overfishing
It explains very well the issues and specifically the involved magnitudes (1 trawl net that can hold 13 jumbo jets) - all in 4 minutes!

Alicia Montoya - 3 Oct 2013, 5:36 p.m.

Actually, Jayne Plunkett, WEF Young Global Leader and Swiss Re's Global Head of Casualty, is very active on this front and serves on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council for Oceans. In fact, she and Enric Sala, Marine Ecologist and National Geographic Explorer in Residence, did this video at WEF this year on ocean resilience:

Bernd Wilke - 17 Oct 2013, 7:24 a.m.

Just to show how far away we are on protecting the largest eco-system on earth

"Supporters in new push for scaled back Antarctic reserve"

Though it will still help I wonder if it still is the "decisive action on major global issues" we are so often looking for. After all Antarctica is not yet a place, where people work and live. We will not take away the work of anybody, if we protect it and still, it seems to be very difficult to come to an agreement there.

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