Tuesday, October 7, 2014

07/10/2014: Ocean health gets grades 'D' by scientists

Scientists have assigned a grade for global ocean health, giving the world's waters a "D" on an annual oceans report card, citing overfishing, pollution, climate change and lack of protections as key problems, reports National Geographic.
But the score for nations' territorial waters—generally those that are within 200 miles (322 kilometers) of shore—has improved since 2012 and scientists say the overall outlook for the ocean is better than many expected.

The latest report card is part of the third annual update to the Ocean Health Index, which evaluates the state of the seas and the benefits they provide to people.

"This new assessment is the first fully global look at ocean health," said Kevin Connor, a spokesperson for Conservation International, an environmental group that prepared the index with help from researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara; the University of British Columbia; the New England Aquarium; and others.

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