1 Tahrcountry Musings: World Oceans Day

Monday, June 08, 2009

World Oceans Day

Today the world is celebrating the World Oceans Day. This annual event serves to remind all of us our responsibility to protect the world's living ocean and conserve its resources for present and future generations.

The world's ocean covers 70% of our planet, yet less than 1% of our ocean habitat is protected. Beneath the surface of the ocean there is a mind boggling diversity of life. It is estimated that more than one million species live on coral reefs alone. Scientists estimate that at least ten million species live in the deep seas.

Ocean acidification and the warming of seawater temperature as a sequel to global warming is a looming threat that needs to be addressed immediately. The impacts of ocean warming and acidification associated with greenhouse gas emissions threaten the livelihoods and food security of millions of people round the world and in many cases it affects severely the most vulnerable people. The reduction of human induced stresses like overfishing, pollution and unsustainable coastal development needs to be tackled on a war footing.

June 8th is now officially designated as World Oceans Day by the United Nations.

3 comments:

PK Vijay said...

Thanks for reminding us

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Mohan Alembath said...

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