Protecting the World’s Oceans

Heres a program from our archives.ambience, ocean Protecting the oceans will play a crucial role in preserving the environmental health of our world. I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Earle: At present the seas are stressed around the world. They are feeling the impact of human activity, certainly, through the materials that we are pouring into the sea that do have an impact on the system. The oceans shape the character of the planet. They are where much of the oxygen for the atmosphere is generated, where much of the CO2 is absorbed. Climate and weather are inextricably linked to the nature of the sea. When we fool around with that system, we are imperiling the health of the planet. Our survival, our well-being is at stake.Dr. Sylvia Earle is chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Earle: With the oceans, a key part of protecting the systems relates to protecting these natural, functioning ecosystems through a system of sanctuaries, fisheries, reserves, study areas. Some of the same policies that have worked well for us on land, such as the National Park system, in some modified form, seem to be a good idea for the oceans.The National Marine Sanctuary Program does already exist. Eight sanctuaries currently exist in US waters and eight more are well along the way. Some have high protection, some are very open. The idea is to still use the oceans but to do it without abusing them.This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. If you want hear more, check out our podcast. Im Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.

Protecting the World's Oceans

Our survival depends upon them.
Air Date:11/26/2018
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Heres a program from our archives.ambience, ocean Protecting the oceans will play a crucial role in preserving the environmental health of our world. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Earle: At present the seas are stressed around the world. They are feeling the impact of human activity, certainly, through the materials that we are pouring into the sea that do have an impact on the system. The oceans shape the character of the planet. They are where much of the oxygen for the atmosphere is generated, where much of the CO2 is absorbed. Climate and weather are inextricably linked to the nature of the sea. When we fool around with that system, we are imperiling the health of the planet. Our survival, our well-being is at stake.Dr. Sylvia Earle is chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.Earle: With the oceans, a key part of protecting the systems relates to protecting these natural, functioning ecosystems through a system of sanctuaries, fisheries, reserves, study areas. Some of the same policies that have worked well for us on land, such as the National Park system, in some modified form, seem to be a good idea for the oceans.The National Marine Sanctuary Program does already exist. Eight sanctuaries currently exist in US waters and eight more are well along the way. Some have high protection, some are very open. The idea is to still use the oceans but to do it without abusing them.This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. If you want hear more, check out our podcast. Im Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.