November 1, 2020
CLIMATE ACTION PATHWAY: Ocean and Coastal Zones
Publishers: Global Climate Action: United Nations Climate Change, Marrakech Partnership: Global Climate Action
The ocean and its coastal zones are regulating our climate – but for how long can this be sustained? The ocean covers 71% of the earth's surface. However, being vast does not mean being resilient to stress. The ocean, its many organisms, habitats, ecosystems, resources and the key services it provides are under heightened pressure from multiple threats. First on the list are climate-change impacts, which are exacerbated by other human-induced stressors such as pollution, eutrophication, and over-exploitation of marine resources. With regard to climate change, the ocean is both a victim and part of the solution – making its role in the climate debate often a confusing and even neglected one.