February 14, 2008

Human Toll on the Oceans

Today in Boston the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) began their annual meeting and a presentation highlighting the effect humans are having on the worlds oceans may cause a lot distress with policy makers.

Although the research hasn't been published yet it is led by a large group of 20 scientists who built a complex model based on 17 human threats. The picture is pretty bleak with only the area around the poles being close to pristine. The sample size was 1 km sq so the study is rather exhaustive in terms of area covered and precise location of a sample. I am looking forward to this paper being published to read over the data and find out exactly how this study was done and the authors conclusions.

Image: BBC news

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