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Warnings on the sea heat up European summer politics

Europeans and other environmentalists say the government has failed to secure the healthy oceans essential for food, work, biodiversity and clean air. Concerns are growing.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres calls it a "marine emergency."

"Earth heating is pushing seawater temperatures to record levels, causing more intense and more frequent storms," ​​he said. "Sea levels are rising, lowland island nations are facing inundation, and about 8 million tonnes of plastic waste flow into the ocean each year."

These are the surfaces of the Earth. It is just one of the threats facing the ocean, which covers 70%. Overfishing, shipping and offshore wind turbines are also putting pressure on marine ecosystems.

At a maritime conference in Lisbon last week, Guterres and colleagues called for faster and stronger safeguards. However, the Green Group claims that the conference could not bring about real progress.

FILE - Greenpeace activists hold banners outside the venue, in the background, hosting the United Nations Ocean Conference in Lisbon, June 30, 2022.
File-Greenpeace activists outside the venue, in the background I'm holding a banner. Hosted the United Nations Marine Conference in Lisbon on June 30, 2022.

Environmentalists hope for better results next month when countries resume discussions on a global agreement to protect important marine ecosystems. There is. ..

For some, it includes a ban on deep-sea mining, which could begin in 2023.

Countries like China are looking for mining opportunities, but critics argue that this practice can destroy fragile seabeds. Ecosystem. Those critics include French President Emmanuel Macron.

"I think we need to create a legal framework to stop high seas mining and disallow new activities that endanger these ecosystems," Macron said. rice field. "We know very little about the deep sea. We don't know much about ecosystems. It's a very complex and slow ecosystem. It takes decades or more for animals to grow."

{ Tobias Troll, director of maritime policy at Seasat Risk, a group of more than 37} 30 European environmental organizations, said: It can lead to a food chain.

In Europe and elsewhere, the Green Group is urging countries to fulfill their already promised marine promises. This includes the European Union's 2030 sound maritime goals. A new environmental report card by six EU nonprofits shows that the block only met one of eight progress markers last year.

"I think the fundamental problem with the situation is ... I think there is a significant inconsistency in policy around EU law around the sea," Troll said. "For example, we have a maritime strategic framework and fishing policies, but they are not really coordinated."

Mr. Troll said EU countries also oversold their progress. Said that. Contrary to his official claim, marine conservation is a good example, he said, and that only a small portion of Europe's marine habitat is truly protected.