Can U.N. turn the tide in favor of the high seas?

Sep 04, 2018, 8:13 AM EDT
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The scourge of deep-sea mining and over-fishing has left our high seas bruised and battered, a reality the world can no longer afford to ignore.

The United Nations is holding a meet of government representatives from across the world with its sight set on extracting a binding contract to rein in overexploitation of high seas that cover nearly 46% of the planet's surface, writes the BBC.

The high seas serve as a protective shield against the worst impact of climate change by soaking up 90 percent of extra heat and around 25 percent of carbon emissions generated by humans.

In the absence of a sweeping treaty to stop marine overexploitation, the high seas agreement seeks to expand the ocean area under protection, which currently stands at meagre 1 percent, reports Parley For The Oceans.