Water, sea and fish

Oceans are important not only for the plentiful food they can offer to man through fishing. From an ecological point of view, they provide over one half of the goods and services required to maintain the vital balance of the planet and host more animal species than any other system on Earth. In addition, through their volume and density, they absorb, store and carry large amounts of heat, water and nutritional substances. Fishing covers on average 25% of the world’s consumption of animal proteins.
Underwater deposits supply one fourth of the oil and gas requirement, and over one half of trade goes by sea. Over two billion people live within the 100 km of the coastal stretch, sometimes in heavily urbanised areas; not to mention the tourists that crowd the beaches every year. Our well-being also depends, therefore, on the well-being of the oceans and seas.

Special reports

  • 15 April 2014

    How rich are we …. in blue gold?

    Water footprint, water availability and use on a planetary scale...

    26 February 2014

    How much water is on your plate?

    Water footprint and water consumption...

    13 May 2018

    Small steps, great footprints

    Have you ever wondered how much space is taken up by an apple or a steak?...

  • 7 October 2021

    Water grabbing

    “Clear, sweet fresh water,” wrote Petrarch, by many considered a precursor of Italian literature. Before him, St. Francis dedicated two…

    17 May 2021

    Lost ice

    According to a study conducted by a French and Swiss research team recently published in the leading journal Nature, continental…

    15 April 2021

    Oceans of plastic

    The invisible invasion of microplastics...

  • 26 December 2019

    Life in Antarctica

    How is it possible to live and work in Antarctica...

    10 December 2019

    In the fridge of the world

    Antarctica is a continent with a very particular charm...

    9 October 2018

    The forms of water

    Drinking a glass of water is the most simplest act in the world. Or rather, in this world. Very special…

  • 15 April 2014

    How rich are we …. in blue gold?

    Water footprint, water availability and use on a planetary scale...

    26 February 2014

    How much water is on your plate?

    Water footprint and water consumption...

  • 13 May 2018

    Small steps, great footprints

    Have you ever wondered how much space is taken up by an apple or a steak?...

    7 October 2021

    Water grabbing

    “Clear, sweet fresh water,” wrote Petrarch, by many considered a precursor of Italian literature. Before him, St. Francis dedicated two…

  • 17 May 2021

    Lost ice

    According to a study conducted by a French and Swiss research team recently published in the leading journal Nature, continental…

    15 April 2021

    Oceans of plastic

    The invisible invasion of microplastics...

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