The blue ac­cel­er­a­tion

Geographical - - GEO-GRAPHIC -

Does hu­man­ity’s fu­ture lie in the ocean? As de­mand for re­sources con­tin­ues to grow and land-based sources de­cline, ex­pec­ta­tions for the ocean as an en­gine of hu­man de­vel­op­ment are in­creas­ing. Claim­ing marine re­sources and space is not new to hu­man­ity, but the ex­tent, in­ten­sity and di­ver­sity of to­day’s as­pi­ra­tions are un­prece­dented. Sci­en­tists describe this as the blue ac­cel­er­a­tion – a race among di­verse and of­ten com­pet­ing in­ter­ests for ocean food, ma­te­rial and space.

Oil and gas

De­sign: Ge­off Dahl

Words and data: Jouf­fray et al. ‘The blue ac­cel­er­a­tion: the tra­jec­tory of hu­man ex­pan­sion into the ocean.’ One Earth 2.1 (2020): 43–54”

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