Essay about The Global Impacts Of Ocean Acidification

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A greater level of specificity is required if the desired impacts of targets 14.1 and 14.2 are to become a reality. Target 14.1 states: “By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution”. This target is difficult to measure because without a quantitative objective, the target is left open for interpretation.

Targets 14.3 through to 14.7 are measurable targets. 14.3 attempts to "minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including and through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels”. Measuring scientific research is simpler because the results are presented to the public. Similarly, target 14.5 discusses the involvement of scientific research but narrowing the geographic location to the conservation of coastal and marine areas. 14.5 fixes a quantitative goal, requiring to “conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas" by 2020. 14.4 is very specific to the global impacts of overfishing and overall the target is measurable. However, the "illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices" are difficult to measure. Target 14.6 is also about fisheries, and the target has an even clearer focus on limiting the subsidies "which contribute to overcapacity and over fishing" and "that contribute to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and refrain from introducing new such subsidies". The government is…

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