The Ocean-Climate Nexus
The oceans have been vastly undervalued and underutilized in the fight to arrest climate disruption. Oceans are also the major planetary ‘victims’ to date of climate disruption.
The oceans need to play an elevated role in climate stabilization and we also need an oceans’ systems survival plan if we are to win on climate stabilization.
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.
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.