W: Protector of the seas

W: Protector of the seas

Who’d have guessed it? U.S. President George W. Bush might be going down as the greatest protector of the seas ever. Later today, he is to announce the establishment of the “largest area of protected sea in the world.” Commercial fishing and mining will be largely prohibited in protected zones of the remote Pacific that include some of the most biologically diverse locations on Earth.

Critics say that any benefit from the establishment of protected areas will be cancelled out by the effects of greenhouse gases and climate change. Nevertheless, Joshua Reichert of the Pew Environment Group told the BBC that Bush has “protected more special places in the sea than any other person in history.”

It just might be another achievement to add to Bush’s legacy.

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