Experts urged to ratify Minamata Convention to phase out mercury-added products পারদযুক্ত পণ্যের ব্যবহার বন্ধে মিনামাতা কনভেনশন অনুমোদনের আহ্বান সেন্টমার্টিন সৈকতে প্লাস্টিকের আগ্রাসন 72 birds die eating pesticide-treated masakalai Educate girls to save the planet শিশুর সর্দি-কাশি সারানোর ঘরোয়া উপায় 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12 24 thousand under 5 children die of pneumonia in Bangladesh annually গ্রিনহাউস গ্যাস কমানোর লক্ষ্যে নানা উদ্যোগ Maldives: Eco-friendly product export destination for Bangladesh

Briton swims Antarctic in campaign for three marine sanctuaries


A British man will plunge into sub-zero waters in the Antarctic on Tuesday to campaign for the creation of three huge marine parks to stop overfishing. Lewis Pugh is credited with playing an important role in the agreement earlier this year to create the world’s largest marine protected area (MPA) and make fishing off limits in much of the Ross Sea, a bay in the Southern Ocean.The endurance swimmer last year took to the region’s freezing waters to fly the flag  for the MPA, and met and lobbied the Russian government, which had previously blocked the plan. He calls this mix of extreme swimming and hobnobbing with officials “Speedo diplomacy”. “The main significance is the precedent it sets,” Pugh said of the Ross Sea marine park, which was agreed by 24 nations and the EU in October.Now he wants to create three more similar sanctuaries for marine life – in East Antarctica, the Weddell Sea and Antarctic peninsula – which together with the Ross Sea MPA would collectively cover around 7m sq km, an area around the size of Australia. As part of his campaigning, he plans to swim on Tuesday for 5km in -1C waters in the Bellingshausen Sea, which is along the west side of the Antarctic peninsula. That will be followed by a 3km swim in the “whale graveyard” around South Georgia, the British Overseas Territory  early 20th century. Bad weather and the freezing water will be the main challenges for Pugh, who has previously swum across the north pole and in Himalayan glacial lakes. When scientists studied him, they found his core temperature naturally rises by nearly 2C ahead of a swim, to cope with the cold.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/13/briton-swims-antarctic-campaign-overfishing-three-marine-sanctuaries

 

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