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Planet Earth

Remember The Blue Planet

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumJune 8, 2010 7:12 PM

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In an ever more connected and globalized world, we're increasingly confronted with the ways in which our actions--whether political, economic, or other--can have enormous impacts in other regions. Unfortunately, when it comes to oceans, it has been easy to ignore the devastation that occurs below a seemingly pristine surface. Today is World Oceans Day and as Brett Israel points out, they make up 70 percent of the planet's surface. And given that 95 percent remains unmapped, the marine realm is our generation's great unexplored frontier. After a disaster like the BP spill, images like this brown pelican drenched in oil remind us that we ought to be better stewards of oceans. But too often, we forget as soon as we turn the newspaper page or click a different url. Jeremy Jackson's right: We're wrecking oceans through overfishing, climate change, and pollution. So watch, listen, and most importantly, remember...

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