Santa Barbara, 14th February 2008. A global map of total human impact on the oceans shows that no area of the ocean is unaffected and over 40% experiences high levels of human influence.

Santa Barbara, 14th February 2008. A global map of total human impact on the oceans shows that no area of the ocean is unaffected and over 40% experiences high levels of human influence.

By overlaying maps of 17 different activities such as fishing, climate change, and pollution, the researchers have produced a composite map of the toll that humans have exacted on the seas.

See links below for more information.

Science Paper: "A global map of human impact on marine ecosystems" (14/2/08).
Press Release: "Scientists reveal first-ever global map of total human effects on oceans" (14/2/08).
Website with further details of the research and maps.

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