Courtesy of ‘The National’
Edited by Deb Castellana In 1991, the renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle was in the Gulf to view first-hand the damage being caused by the blazing oilfields of Kuwait, set alight by retreating Iraqi forces. Now, 20 years later, Dr Earle is back in the region to warn of other threats to the Gulf’s waters, and those of the world.
She first came to the Gulf as a chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the US, and spent a month scuba diving in the waters of the Gulf in 1992 as part of an international scientific expedition to survey the coastline from Oman to Kuwait. “It was an opportunity to see the Gulf before all this,” Dr.…