Environment: Pacem in Maribus

Within the next decade, food production from the seas should quadruple. By 1980, deep wells in the seabeds may supply more than a third of the world's oil. Some day the oceans will provide most of man's metals. Yet all this raises troubling questions: How can the coming rush to grab the watery wealth be controlled? To whom do the oceans' riches legally belong? Most important, can the seas be developed peacefully?

Seeking answers to such problems, the Santa Barbara-based Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions recently sponsored an international conference in Malta....

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