The global ocean is our planet’s life support system. Every second breath we take is a gift from the ocean. It has absorbed most of the excess heat and one third of the carbon dioxide we have produced. We rely on the ocean for food, for our weather systems and for the air we breathe. But we have created a crisis in the ocean: overfishing, pollution and climate impacts, including acidification, are damaging ocean life today, and the ocean’s capacity to sustain life in the future.
China is now among the world’s biggest ocean powers: it has the biggest fishing fleet, emits the largest volume of greenhouse gases, produces one third of the world’s ocean plastic pollution, maintains the world’s biggest aquaculture industry, and harvests and consumes more of the world’s seafood than any other nation. China’s coastal waters and ecosystems are severely impacted by its decades of rapid, unbalanced and unsustainable development. How China will change course and how it cares for the marine environment will be critical in determining the fate of the ocean. chinadialogue ocean is dedicated to reporting on, analysing, illuminating and helping to resolve the ocean crisis before it is too late.
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