Bahrain to study risks of climate change on marine environment

The report will be used to make positive changes

Bahrain to study risks of climate change on marine environment

The effects of climate change are being felt across the world, from extreme flooding in Venice to Bahrain experiencing the hottest June on record this year.

And now the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) is preparing to work on a study of the effects of climate change on marine environment, reports Gulf Daily News.

The study, which spans the Arabian Gulf, the Sea of Oman and the Arabian sea and will see contributions from all the GCC countries, will examine biodiversity changes and the effect this will have on the economy.

Rising temperatures can kill off coral reefs and damage seagrass, which creatures including the endangered green sea turtle and vulnerable dugong eat.

Once the report, which is being organised by the Regional Organisation for the Protection of the Marine Environment, is finished, it will be used to suggest changes to lessen or prevent the damage.

Bahrain is taking part in a number of initiatives to reduce the impact of pollution.

Proposals to ban plastic fishing nets are being considered, and the Bahrain Volunteer Dive Team are taking part in an ocean clean-up campaign.

So far, nearly 20 tonnes of rubbish have been removed from Bahrain’s waters.

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