OCEANS ARE DYING: Ocean deserts
where very few organisms can survive
due to scanty supply of nutrients
are expanding. These vast
stretches of barren sea could affect
the marine food chain, and in turn
the global fish stock, said scientists
from North America who analyzed
satellite data between 1997 and
2007. There are five ocean deserts,
one each in the North and South
Pacific, North and South Atlantic
and the Indian Ocean.
INVEST IN NATURE: Instead of investing in industrial projects for carbon capture, governments can help combat climate change by investing in areas like forests and mangroves, said a European study. An investment of US $45 billion in protected areas could save ecologies that provide services worth US $4.5-US $5.2 trillion a year, more than the value of the automobile, steel and IT sectors, said the report.
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