Most of the earth comprises of water, which obviously puts emphasis on the significance of the ocean as well as its economy. From trade to numerous other activities, the ocean has always played an enormous role in the economic growth of a country. The ocean is considered to be an excellent asset worth over $24 trillion. This fact reveals that there are several different methods involved in calculating the total asset of an ocean. These methods include trade and transport, adjacent assets, and direct output. Having such invaluable assets at disposal, no country dares to make a move to put dirt on it, right? But our research says otherwise.
Considering the content that has surfaced from recent research, many human activities are responsible for the global shift of the marine environment. Many human activities, such as commercial fishing with a touch of trawling methods, have managed to cause all sorts of pollution in the ocean. From shipping to polluting the ocean through chemicals and nutrients, all sorts of contaminations have been the result of colossal damage to the ocean and its assets. Plastic pollution has managed to contribute to this damage the most. With plastic floating all over the ocean, it is estimated that the amount of plastic may have exceeded that of fish.
A high percentage of acidification puts the entire marine community at riskAlong with ocean health, the research had also unraveled the fact that due to a number of human activities taking place every now and then, the acidity levels have shot through the roof endangering every single marine life. With 30% carbon absorbed into the molecules of ocean water, the acidification rate might take a raise up to 100-150% when the century ends. This not only puts the entire ocean community at risk but also puts the entire global economy in absolute danger, which is why the concerned authorities have decided to preserve what is still left of it and make necessary arrangements to protect the ocean's assets from the human activities.
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