Oceans conference hears pollution has created dead zones | Pacific Beat

Oceans conference hears pollution has created dead zones

Oceans conference hears pollution has created dead zones

Updated 17 June 2014, 18:15 AEST

A major international conference on ocean health has been told pollution has led to hundreds of areas where marine life can no longer exist.

The warning has prompted the United States to renew its push for an international effort to curb greenhouse gas emmissions.

On the Pacific front, the Kiribati president used the occassion to announce plans to ban commercial fishing from its Pheonix Islands Protected Area next year.

Reporter: Girish Sawlani

Speakers: John Kerry, US Secretary of State; Anote Tong President of Kiribati; Dr Greg Stone, chief scientist, Conservation International; Evan Bloom director, Office of Oceans and Polar Affairs, US State Department

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