29 Aug '11, 3pm

Preserving just 4 % of the world’s oceans would protect critical habitat for most of the world’s marine mammals.

29 Aug 2011: Preserving 4 Percent of Ocean Would Benefit Most Marine Mammal Species A new study says the preservation of just 4 percent of the world’s oceans would protect critical habitat for most of the world’s marine mammal species . After comparing maps of where each of the planet’s 129 marine mammal species are found — and where conservation efforts would be most productive — scientists from Stanford University and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México identified 20 areas of “species richness” based on the number of species present, risks of extinction, and the presence of species unique to the area. According to their study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , preserving just nine of those 20 conservation sites, which cover 4 percent of the world’s oceans, would protect habitat for 108 species, or 84 percent of the Earth’s marine ...

Full article: http://e360.yale.edu/digest/preserving_4_percent_of_ocean...

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