Sunday, June 14, 2009

U.S. determinant to protect the oceans?

Ocean pollution is in fact one big problem that many people still aren't aware of. Climate change, dumping, oil spills, are only some of the pollution forms that happen every day in our oceans. World definitely needs to do much more to protect our oceans. If we look at the current data we can see that less than 1% of the world's oceans have protection status which is far too little compared to severity of pollution that happens every day.

U.S. until now hasn't been very interested in protection of our oceans but this looks to be changing as president Obama set up a task force led by Nancy Sutley, a chief White House environmental adviser, to come up with the new national policy that would protect and restore "the health of ocean, coastal and Great Lakes ecosystems and resources". This new national policy should be done withing 90 days, and if it happens it will really be first important step to much better ocean protection.

Oceans cover more than 70 percent of our planet, they are important factors that regulate the climate by absorbing huge quantities of CO2, and are really vital for our survival because ocean ecosystems provide most of the oxygen we breathe. Therefore oceans really need more protection, and is really important that U.S. makes the move in the right direction so our oceans remain as healthy as possible.

What form of protection would be the best for our oceans? Difficult to tell but first good step would definitely be giving protection status to much more ocean areas. Coastal waters also need more protection because they are often the source of major ocean pollution. Basically the more we focus on our oceans the better chances we'll have in protecting them. Protecting oceans is not only good from ecological point of view because combination of protected areas together with strictly regulated ecotourism can become significant source of income to many countries around the globe.

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