16 Jul '11, 10am

A Dow Jones Index for ocean health? Could be coming soon....

We know the ocean's health is under threat...but how bad is it? And how will we know if our actions to help the ocean are working? Until now, there has been no consensus on what determines ocean health and no common metric to measure it. The Ocean Health Index focuses on goals articulated in four decades of ocean treaties and high level national and intergovernmental reports. Using indicators that measure the intensity of the most urgent ocean stressors, including climate change, ocean acidification, overfishing, habitat degradation, invasive species, loss of biodiversity, pollution and eutrophication, the Ocean Health Index will measure the status and trends of ocean health and its components. The index will also assess trends in remedial actions taken to conserve marine habitats. Finally, the index will relate trends in ocean health to benefits provided to people and hum...

Full article: http://www.conservation.org/sites/marine/initiatives/ocea...

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