Coasts and Oceans : Factfile

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  • Rising seas

    6 March 2007

    A 1998 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), concluded that the world's sea level could rise between 9 and 88 centimetres within just 80 years. A rise of nearly a metre could affect up to one billion people living along the world's coastlines, particularly in the tropics, where warmer water expands faster than in more temperate regions.

    The latest IPCC report released in February 2007, notes that sea levels are rising faster than previous forecasts. Sea levels, which rose on average 1.8mm a year between 1961 and 2003, doubled between 1993 and 2003 - rising by 3.1mm per year.

  • Threatened marine life

    30 June 2006

    Only 4.2 per cent of the species on IUCN's Red List of Threatened Animals are marine. While this might seem like a small number, in reality it reflects the fact that science knows very little about the ocean's inhabitants.

  • Destructive fishing subsidies

    30 June 2006

    According to recent research published by scientists Ransom A. Myers and Boris Worm of Dalhousie University of Canada, all of the world's large ocean-going fish - including tuna, cod, marlin, halibut, and sharks - have been decimated by overfishing. The researchers compiled a half century of data, back to the onset of large-scale fishing techniques in the 1950s, and found that 90 per cent of the populations of all large ocean fish species has disappeared.

  • Deep waters

    30 June 2006

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