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‘33% of marine species in Gulf may face extinction’
By A Staff Reporter February 12, 2019
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DUBAI: The waters of the Arabian Gulf are home to a rich variety of marine species. Sadly, over 33 per cent of this biodiversity could be lost by 2090, scientists explained at the Climate Change Forum at the seventh World Government Summit (WGS 2019) on Monday. Researchers also warned that oceans are heating up faster than previously expected, and the shallow basin of the Arabian Gulf makes it especially vulnerable to warming.

The high-level plenary, entitled ‘Climate Change and the Health of our Oceans’, was hosted by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE). UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, President of the French Constitutional Council Laurent Fabius, and Vice Chair of Conservation International Harrison Ford were present at the session.

During the session, panelists stressed that oceans, already beset by habitat destruction, overfishing and pollution, now face the specter of climate change. There is also widespread scientific consensus that if human behaviors and government policies remain as they are, oceans will lose the ability to provide the benefits people have relied on for millennia: food, livelihoods, and climate regulation.

The experts discussed efforts that need to be exerted to protect oceans and their products against the mounting pressure of climate change.

Dr. M Sanjayan, CEO of Conservation International, said, “We are a terrestrial species, but unless we preserve the ocean, we are doomed.”

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