Obama: Oceans are key to cli­mate-change pro­tec­tion

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama said Thurs­day that cre­at­ing the At­lantic Ocean's first ma­rine na­tional mon­u­ment was a needed re­spons to dan­ger­ous cli­mate changes, ocean dead zones and un­sus­tain­able fish­ing prac­tices. The new North­east Canyons and Seamounts Ma­rine Na­tional Mon­u­ment con­sists of nearly 5,000 square miles of un­der­wa­ter canyons and moun­tains off the New Eng­land coast. It's the 27th times that Obama has cre­ated or en­larged a na­tional mon­u­ment. "If we're go­ing to leave our chil­dren with oceans like the ones that were left to us, then we're go­ing to have to act and we're go­ing to have to act boldly," Obama said at a State De­part­ment con­fer­ence. More than 20 coun­tries rep­re­sented at the meet­ing were also an­nounc­ing the cre­ation of their own ma­rine pro­tected ar­eas. Mon­u­ment des­ig­na­tions come with re­stric­tions on cer­tain ac­tiv­i­ties.

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