thursday thoughts 4.7.13

water skate

Why will we respect and love the ocean? Well ponder over these points:

life in sea produces a third of the oxygen that we breathe.

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the ocean absorbs approximately 30% of the carbon dioxide that has been emitted by human activities since the industrial revolution, this has helped in limiting the overall extent of global warming substantially.

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fisheries directly employ almost 200 million people and provide over 15% of the dietary intake of animal protein.

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Marine bio products are raw materials for manufacturing industries such as paints, fertilizers, skin lotions, toothpastes and medicines.

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the divergent chemical deposits in the marine environment are an asset and might even yield new anti cancer drugs.

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the shore provides for marine transportation, recreation, tourism and salt production.

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Mangroves can protect the coastal aquifers from sea water intrusion and safeguard the coastal communities from natural calamities like cyclones and tsunami.

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coastal wetlands play an important role in water quality regulation by capturing and filtering sediments and organic waste transits from inland.

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So what do you think now?

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(Dr Prakash Nelliyat and Dr Balakrishna Pisupati)

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