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Vast expansion of refuge welcome


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 23, 2014

~~<p>President Barack Obama's plan to vastly expand the Central Pacific marine sanctuary President George W. Bush created via executive order in 2009 bodes well for the health of the planet and therefore the health of mankind. Opposition from commercial interests should not scuttle this important environmental advancement.</p>
<p>Oceans cover 71 percent of Earth's surface and produce 50 percent of the oxygen we breathe. Yet less than 2 percent of all waters are protected from overuse, with the rest of these fragile marine ecosystems under constant pressure from pollution, overfishing and other commercial activities, including the extraction of oil, minerals and other natural resources.</p>
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President Barack Obama's plan to vastly expand the Central Pacific marine sanctuary President George W. Bush created via executive order in 2009 bodes well for the health of the planet and therefore the health of mankind. Opposition from commercial interests should not scuttle this important environmental advancement.

Oceans cover 71 percent of Earth's surface and produce 50 percent of the oxygen we breathe. Yet less than 2 percent of all waters are protected from overuse, with the rest of these fragile marine ecosystems under constant pressure from pollution, overfishing and other commercial activities, including the extraction of oil, minerals and other natural resources. Login for more...



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