Together, let’s give the Ocean a voice @COP21! #OceanforClimate – Sylvia EARLE

The ocean, to me, to us, is beautiful, immense, and infinite. The ocean makes us dream. It is the source of all Life on not only our planet, but our parent’s and our children’s planet. Not so long ago we discovered that the Ocean is our « blue lung ». It produces half of our oxygen, allowing us to breathe anywhere on Earth. The Ocean is also the heart of our climate. It is our planet’s thermostat: with its hot and cold currents, it carries all that is necessary for our climate to keep in balance. However the Ocean is undergoing pollution as well as climate change, […]

Intertwined ocean and climate: implications for international climate negotiations

Key Messages: Climate and ocean are inseparable: the ocean moderates anthropogenic climate change by absorbing significant proportions of the heat and CO2 that accumulate in the atmosphere, as well as by receiving all water from melting ice. This climate-regulating function happens at the cost of profound alterations of the ocean’s physics and chemistry, leading to ocean warming and acidification, as well as to sea level rise. These changes significantly affect the ocean’s ecology (organisms and ecosystems) and eventually marine and coastal human activities (fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, health…). As atmospheric CO2 increases, possible human responses become fewer and less effective. This […]