Recent reports suggest that marine life is slowly improving—with rebounding sea life, for example. However, the article reminds us: we need to keep working.
One article from The Guardian discusses reports of wildlife that have benefited from recent environmental efforts over the years. The good news spreads across the globe, from Humpback whales off Australia, elephant seals in the US and green turtles in Japan.
It’s not news that our oceans have taken a beating as a result of human life over the last few centuries. Overfishing, pollution and coastal destruction have all been exacerbated by humans. Conservation efforts, though isolated, have demonstrated remarkable resilience of the seas.
According to scientists, there is now knowledge and process enough to create an “ocean renaissance” for wildlife by 2050—and with it, bolster the services that the world’s people rely on like food, water, coastal protection and climate stability. As with all environmental issues, this affects humans, too.
However, this ocean renaissance will not come without action—and continued work. The measures needed to get there include protecting large swathes of ocean, sustainable fishing and pollution controls and waste control.
These efforts do cost money—that is no secret. However, scientists say the efforts would bring benefits to wildlife and future money spending that is already spent on environmental consequences, cleanup, etc.
This problem is far from over, though. The escalating climate crisis must be addressed to tackle problems like ocean acidification, loss of oxygen and the devastation to coral reefs.
The good news is that awareness of oceans and coastal habitats is growing, and habitats like mangroves and salt marshes rapidly soak up carbon dioxide and bolster shorelines against rising sea levels.
Article written for EP Online https://eponline.com/articles/2020/04/08/an-ocean-renaissance-there-is-hope-for-marine-life.aspx