How Humans Turn Blue Oceans to Red Oceans

by OldSailor on February 15, 2008


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California based National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, has carried out a research to estimate and visualize, for the first time, the global impact humans are having on the ocean’s ecosystems. They have come out with a report on “A Global Map of Human Impacts to Marine Ecosystems”.

The findings in the report are startling:

  • no part of the oceans is unaffected by human influence
  • 41% of the oceans are strongly affected
  • only oceans near the poles have relatively little human impact

The map shown above helps to assess the ocean area that require high to low priority attention to safeguard the oceans.

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