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UNESCO Courier issue - Time to turn the tide

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO

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This month, the UNESCO Courier is celebrating the launch of the Ocean Decade with a special issue dedicated to the knowledge of marine environments and the challenges they are facing.

Global warming, acidification, pollution, and overfishing are threatening marine ecosystems. This decline, which started at the beginning of the industrial age, is accelerating – putting the very survival of the planet at risk. 

By proclaiming a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), the United Nations intends to promote research and strengthen international scientific co-operation to encourage a better understanding of the complex universe that is the ocean. It also aims to find more sustainable ways to exploit its resources.

Time is running out. Sixty-six per cent of the marine environment has already been severely altered by human activity.

Read more in the latest UNESCO Courier issue Oceans: Time to turn the tide.


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