Friday, December 05, 2008

Mariana Trench in The Times

The world is already pointing to us as an example to be followed. The people of the Marianas should be proud. This is from an article in the The Times:
Marine scientists have long claimed that protecting whole ocean ecosystems would encourage biodiversity, boost fishermen’s profits, feed protein-hungry populations, provide resilience to warming seas and absorb more carbon dioxide. Now policymakers are starting to make the same connection: Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and the US have all set aside proportions of their territorial waters, and Europe is starting to do the same. Even George Bush is jostling to win himself an environmental medal by issuing a last-minute presidential order to protect a 115,000 square mile chunk of the world’s largest canyon – the 6.8 mile-deep Mariana Trench in the western Pacific – as a national monument where all exploitation is banned. [emphasis mine]

No comments: