Over the past few decades, the earth has experienced an increase in average temperature. While scientists and others debate the cause or whether or not this is a natural or man-made phenomenon, there are nonetheless serious evident consequences that must be understood and addressed. Nowhere is the situation more evident than in the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps where glacial melt, resultant habitat modification, and other consequences are being explored by scientists and research organizations and studied by international policy-makers concerned about the implications of these changes for the future.
Global Ocean Commission
Global Ocean Commission:
A Rescue Package for the Ocean
CLICK HERE to read more about the GOC and the final ocean report entitled, "From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean"
Ocean Health Index
A weekly feature to highlight, by country, the goals and components of the Ocean Health Index which measures and scores ocean health from 0-100.
Did You Know?
This goal measures the carbon stored in natural coastal ecosystem—seagrasses, tidal marshes and mangroves—that sequester and store large amounts of carbon in both the plants and in the sediment below them. When preserved, carbon is stored in these ecosystems. When destroyed, carbon is emitted back into the atmosphere, becoming new sources of greenhouse gas emissions. (source: OHI)