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New Ocean Scorecard Gives World a 60%

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 29, 2012

By TARA THEAN

We live in a world obsessed with numbers – college rankings, baseball scores, exam results – and now we have one to tell us what’s happening to our oceans.

According to a study outlining the first results of the Ocean Health Index, recently founded by Conservation International and other organizations, the entire world’s oceans score 60 out of a hundred for their ability to deliver benefits to both nature and people. Individual country scores range from 36 to 86, with the U.S. chalking up a 63 and China following behind with a 53. A paltry 5 percent of countries hit the 70 point mark, while 32 percent lingered below 50. And, as might be expected, developed countries generally did better than developing countries, thanks to their more robust economies and greater capacity for environmental stewardship (though Poland and Singapore scored a relatively pitiful 42 and 48 respectively).

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That’s a lot of numbers, but the science behind them is fascinating, largely because the architects of the Ocean Health Index have made huge efforts to account for the world’s astonishing complexity in their calculations. First of all, the index doesn’t simply lump together science-driven metrics of ocean health like water pH and carbon dioxide levels. Rather, it zones in on ten vital ways in which nature and humans rely on the seas, including biodiversity, food, tourism, and even “sense of place,” and then examines how well the oceans are able to deliver those things. To do this, the researchers assign a score to each of their ten measures for the oceans they examine, and find the index score based on the weighted sum of these individual scores. They make sure to include in their ratings the status of each measure as it stands right now as well as what it might be in the future based on a mathematical model. Read the rest of this entry »

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Are We Part of a Single Living Organism?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 28, 2011

Wonderful article. Life is nothing more than the specific combinatio­n of non living things. Unexpected minor change in the combinatio­n could cause drastic change in physical and consciousn­ess level. Combinatio­n of two cells develop in amazing way and forms different organs without external help. How that combinatio­n works in amazing way could be the answer of ‘Big Bang’ but we are just able to explain the process and not the source of process and conscious level. Who are aware they just guide us the process to be there and do not explain due to technical problem.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

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