World Ocean Conference (Part II): Scientists urge world leaders to respond cooperatively to Pacific Ocean threats

More than 400 leading scientists from nearly two-dozen countries have signed a consensus statement on the major threats facing the Pacific Ocean. The threats identified as the most serious and pervasive include overfishing, pollution, habitat destruction and climate change. ‚ÄúThis is first time the scientific community has come together in a single voice to express … Continue reading World Ocean Conference (Part II): Scientists urge world leaders to respond cooperatively to Pacific Ocean threats

World Ocean Conference (Part I): Key coral reefs ‘could disappear’

It’s 2099, and across south-east Asia, a hundred million people are on the march, looking for food. The fish they once relied on is gone.

Communities are breaking down; economies destroyed. That is what we can expect, says the new WWF report, if the world’s richest coral reef is destroyed. And that, it says, could happen this century.

It’s billed as a worst-case scenario, but the report’s chief author, Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, says it is not as bad as the future we’re currently headed towards. Continue reading World Ocean Conference (Part I): Key coral reefs ‘could disappear’