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Table Of Contents

Preface
Summary
The Diversity of the Oceans
Dangers of Fishery Depletions
Changing Climate, Changing Seas
Sidebar 1. Effects of Climate Change on Arctic Marine Wildlife
Sidebar 2. Impact of Climate Change on Antarctic Krill
Polluting the Marine Environment
Sidebar 3. Recent Major Oil Spills and Their Effects
Freedom for the Seas
Table 1. Level of Protection of Critical Marine Ecosystems
Endnotes
Index
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Oceans in Peril

Oceans in Peril

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Uniquely among the universe’s known planets, the Earth is a sphere dominated by watery oceans. They cover 70 percent of its surface and are home to a myriad of amazing and beautiful creatures. Life almost certainly originated in the oceans, yet the biological diversity of marine habitats is threatened by the activities of one largely land-based species: us. The activities through which humans threaten marine life include overfishing, use of destructive fishing methods, pollution, and commercial aquaculture.
Uniquely among the universe’s known planets, the Earth is a sphere dominated by watery oceans. They cover 70 percent of its surface and are home to a myriad of amazing and beautiful creatures. Life almost certainly originated in the oceans, yet the biological diversity of marine habitats is threatened by the activities of one largely land-based species: us. The activities through which humans threaten marine life include overfishing, use of destructive fishing methods, pollution, and commercial aquaculture.

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Published by: Worldwatch Institute on Jun 17, 2009
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