Oceans: the blue frontier - Book Review: Troubled Waters: Ocean Science and Governance, Geoff Holland and David Pugh (eds)
As science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke noted, it is “inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean”. Crucially important to the global environment, oceans are threatened by escalating pollution, population and coastal development on land. Global climate change is contributing to sea-level rise, warming and acidification. Marine biodiversity is falling, while occurrences of cyclones and storm surges are rising. Yet the oceans also offer tremendous promise for our future resource needs.