The One Ocean forum aims to bring together interested parties to tackle how to preserve the marine environment. Promoted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda on the Italian island of Sardinia, partners include UNESCO and Milan's Bocconi University.
Francesca Santoro, an oceanographer in UNESCO's oceanography commission, said the forum hopes to promote solutions that can be measured over time. One proposal during this, the inaugural forum, is aimed at mobilizing scientists, artists and the media to raise awareness about threats to the ocean environment.
She said the ocean has not been high on the agenda of international policy, and few are aware that it generates half of the oxygen we breathe through the same process of photosynthesis on phytoplankton that occurs with plants in forests.
"The ocean is something that is not visible. We only see the surface. We don't think about the deep ocean," she said.
The amount of plastic in the oceans remains a huge issue, with over 8 million tons of plastic entering the seas each year, 80 percent from land.........read more
The New York Times, 4/10/2017