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FEATURE: Climate change and the world’s oceans
These reductions could amount to This figure is greater than the current emissions from all coal-fired power plants worldwide. These are the key figures from a new report released today, commissioned by the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy composed of 14 prime ministers and presidents, which we are proud to chair.
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It demonstrates in detail, for the first time, how a sustainable ocean economy could play a much bigger role than we previously thought in shrinking our carbon footprint, achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement, and delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the UN in Climate Action Summit in New York today. As the main heat store for the world there has been an accelerating change in sea temperatures over the last few decades, which has contributed to rising sea-level. A proportion of the carbon uptake is exported via the four ocean 'carbon pumps' Solubility, Biological, Continental Shelf and Carbonate Counter to the deep ocean reservoir.
Increases in sea temperature and changing planktonic systems and ocean currents may lead to a reduction in the uptake of CO2 by the ocean; some evidence suggests a suppression of parts of the marine carbon sink is already underway. While the oceans have buffered climate change through the uptake of CO2 produced by fossil fuel burning this has already had an impact on ocean chemistry through ocean acidification and will continue to do so. Feedbacks to climate change from acidification may result from expected impacts on marine organisms especially corals and calcareous plankton , ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles.
The polar regions of the world are showing the most rapid responses to climate change.