Greener planet, deader ocean

“The United Nations opened a global environment summit Monday, warning about the growing number of ‘dead zones’ in the world’s oceans but painting a picture of a greener planet with an increase of vegetation in many regions.

“But so-called ‘dead zones’ – oxygen-starved stretches of ocean that are devoid of life – topped UNEP’s list of emerging environmental challenges.

“There are nearly 150 dead zones around the globe, double the number in 1990, with some stretching 27,000 square miles.”

(via the San Diego Tribune: “U.N. environment summit opens, targets ocean ‘dead zones’ but sees greener earth” by Hans Greimel, AP [March 29, 2004])