Last week an obituary of the Great Barrier Reef went viral, but as scientists claim, this is premature. While the situation is critical, it is not completely hopeless.
Bad news for the oceans : according to the BBC : ” Many of the Caribbean’s coral reefs could vanish in the next 20 years, according to a report published by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). “ ” Data from more than 35,000 surveys suggests that habitats have declined by more than 50% since the … Read more
More good news people ! New Caledonia – and France – are creating a marine protected area (MPA) of huge size : 1.3 million square kilometers : the parc naturel de la mer de Corail.
This park will be amongst the largest MPAs in the world. Thanks to that, 16 percent of the waters under French jurisdiction are now under an MPAs status, compared to just four percent before.
The management and the financing will be done by the local government, while France will care about the security and police of this critical hot spot for biodiversity.
A few weeks ago I had collected some quite distressing news from the state of our oceans. The four articles I have gathered are quite depressing and just show how urgent action is if we want to keep our planet habitable.
First and foremost, The New Scientist presented a new study that on top of warming and acidifying, oceans are also slowly suffocating. They may have lost up to seven percent of their oxygen by the end of this century.
This phenomenon alone could really destroy many ecosystems in an irreversible way but most unfortunately, it is not the only trend.
I had written about this very topic last month. To the New York Times green blog : ” A new scientific paper suggests that the ocean is acidifying at a rate that is many times faster than at any time in the past 300 million years. “ ” The change is occurring so rapidly that it raises … Read more
As the United Nations are gathering in Manado, Indonesia for the World Oceans Conference many websites published articles on corals, an important part of the oceans which are today at risk as oceans are warming inexorably.
Indeed, warmer waters are due to destroy coral reefs and their rich ecosystems. To the WWF up to 100 million people are depending on them in the Coral Triangle.
This region encompasses six developing countries: Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Timor Leste.