The Ocean-Climate Nexus
Oceans have borne the brunt of the damages to date from climate disruption. They need immediate and direct interventions to slow this continuing damage. At the same time, the oceans have been vastly undervalued and underutilized in the fight to arrest climate disruption. .
We need an as-yet unwritten systems survival plan for the Ocean if we are have any hope or arresting climate destabilization.
The oceans have literally saved the terrestrial world so far, absorbing some 90% of all the excess heat caused by our greenhouse gas pollution. Without oceans the earth’s current surface temperatures would be unlivable. But the Ocean has thermal limits that are dangerous to surpass.
Oceans have also absorbed a significant portion (some 30%) of the carbon dioxide pollution we have put in the atmosphere, and as a result are becoming more acidic. There are limits here as well that require more direct action.