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Ocean supplement: Time to close the high seas?

Those who can, steal. We must act now

By José María Figueres  

By 2020, one of two things will have happened. Either we will have taken steps to halt and reverse the declining health of the world’s oceans, or we will be forced into a drastic effort to salvage what we can of the sea’s dwindling marine life, which could require closing much of it to human activity. That’s the stark choice put forward by the Global Ocean Commission, an organisation based at Somerville College, Oxford. I am a co-chair of the commission and follow the situation closely; at this stage, both outcomes are possible.

We have a moral duty to act.…

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