Politics
7:04 am
Mon July 18, 2011

Whitehouse renews push for a National Endowment for the Oceans

PROVIDENCE, RI – A new scientific report has given Senator Sheldon Whitehouse new ammunition for his push for a National Endowment for the Oceans.

Whitehouse says a report by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean supplies irrefutable evidence that the world's oceans are in danger of irreversible damage.

"In short, things for the ocean are worse than we thought and getting worse faster than expected," he says.

The report, written by 27 scientists, found that a combination of man-made stressors coupled with overfishing and pollution, are happening so fast that marine life cannot adapt.

"So it is really not an exaggeration to say that we are on the verge of an ecosystem collapse that we could see happen in a single generation," he says.

Whitehouse says the report gives new urgency to the need for his proposed "National Endowment for the Oceans" which would provide dedicated funding for research, restoration, protection and conservation.

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