Lisbon ● Wed, June 29 2022
A major United Nations conference on how to restore the faltering health of global oceans kicked off in Lisbon this week with a flurry of promises to expand marine protected areas, ban deep-sea mining and combat illegal fishing.
UN chief Antonio Guterres set the tone on Monday for the five-day meet by warning that the world’s oceans were in deep crisis.
“Today we face what I would call an ocean emergency,” he told thousands of policymakers, experts and advocates, detailing how seas have been hammered by climate change and pollution.
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