Despite being treated as the end-all-be-all where humanity’s dump all eventually lands, new research proves that our oceans are proving to be remarkably resilient and can be restored to their healthiest forms in as early as 2050.
Three Decades’ Worth Of Recovery
All drains (and dumps) eventually lead to the ocean, that one fish in the Disney movie “Finding Nemo” said. And this couldn’t be truer since our oceans have served as our collective dumpster for the longest time, ending in literal oceans of liter that can stretch as far as the eyes can see in some parts of the world. It’s a big problem that needs an immediate solution because much of our life depends on it being healthy and functional.
Despite this, research says that our oceans are proving themselves to be incredibly resilient, and can even reach full recovery in as little as 3 decades’ worth of time.
The current problem, however, is climate change as well as the challenges that come with it significantly upsizing our conservation efforts that are put into place. This is because while the oceans can fully recover in that short amount of time, the window of action is still very narrow, and prolonging it can just make the problem harder, not to mention bigger.
And while humans have exploited what the oceans can offer for the longest time, it’s only in the last 50 years that we’ve truly seen the extent of the damage that we’ve made, with fish and other marine species hunted to near extinction, all while pollutants like oils and chemicals from factories continue to get dumped into the sea.
As such, a new review recognizes just how big these problems are, but also shows that our oceans have still fared up remarkably. Still, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t increase our preservation efforts.
“We know what we ought to do to rebuild marine life, and we have evidence that this goal can be achieved within three decades. Indeed, this requires that we accelerate our efforts, and spread them to areas where efforts are currently modest,” Carlos Duarte, lead author and a professor of marine science, said.