Key Issue

Climate Change

At the front line of climate change, the ocean plays a central role in regulating the Earth’s climate. The oceans have absorbed 93% of the extra energy from the enhanced greenhouse effect. CO2 emissions are also making the ocean more acidic which reduces the ability of marine organisms, such as corals, plankton and shellfish, to build their shells and skeletal structures.

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Climate Change

Statement of Issues

At the front line of climate change, the ocean plays a central role in regulating the Earth’s climate. The oceans have absorbed 93% of the extra energy from the enhanced greenhouse effect. CO2 emissions are also making the ocean more acidic which reduces the ability of marine organisms, such as corals, plankton and shellfish, to build their shells and skeletal structures.

 

Our understanding of the role the oceans play in helping to regulate the climate of this planet is just beginning to be understood.

It is critical that we first learn more about the interaction between carbon sequestration and ocean acidification, warming seas and de-oxygenation, bio-diversity and oxygen production.

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Action And Engagement - European Climate Foundation Belgium Visit Website
Conservation - Gallifrey Foundation Switzerland Visit Website
Conservation - Green Wave Visit Website
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Conservation IUCN Switzerland Visit Website
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Academic - United States Visit Website
Action And Engagement - Visit Website
Academic - The Alaska Climate Research Centre United States Visit Website
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    Glossary

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    Arctic

    Of all the major oceans, only one, the Arctic Ocean, hasn’t been fished, polluted, drilled into for oil and gas or traversed by heavy fuel oil powered ships. Let's keep it that way.

    Deep sea mining

    There are sources of minerals in the deep sea but we must first understand how to manage and mitigate the risks that come with extracting them.

    Plastic Pollution

    Our insatiable demand for plastic has turned this material into an environmental and public health nightmare. The impact affects he creatures of the sea and humans too.