climate + ocean

Over 90% of the excess heat retained on Earth as a result of increased greenhouse gasses has been absorbed by our oceans.  [1]

Our seas are rising at an increasing rate, putting coastal communities at risk of flooding, shoreline erosion, and storms. 8 out of the world's 10 largest cities are coastal, and nearly 40% of the U.S. population lives in high-density coastal areas. [2]

Levels of ocean acidity have risen 30% in the last 200 years, threatening calcifying organisms like corals, shellfish, and sea urchins. [3]

 


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VIDEOS, INFOGRAPHICS, & FACT SHEETS
 

 
 
 
 
Threats to Coral Reefs: Climate Change | NOAA 

Threats to Coral Reefs: Climate Change | NOAA 

Marine Protected Areas | National Marine Protected Areas Center

Marine Protected Areas | National Marine Protected Areas Center


PRESS ARTICLES

Mike Ives, New York Times. A Remote Pacific Nation, Threatened by Rising Seas, July 2016. 

Nina Radkte, Media Matters for America. Minority voices largely excluded from Paris climate agreement discussion, June 2017.

Peter Brannen, New York Times. When Life on Earth Was Nearly Extinguished, July 2017. 

SCIENTIFIC PAPERS

Hinkel, Jochen et al. "Coastal Flood Damage and Adaptation Costs under 21st Century Sea-level Rise." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 111, no. 9 (2014): 3292-297.

Schleupner, Christine. "Spatial Assessment of Sea Level Rise on Martinique's Coastal Zone and Analysis of Planning Frameworks for Adaptation." Journal of Coastal Conservation 11, no. 2 (2007): 91-103. 

[1] Tim Wallace, New York Times. Oceans Are Absorbing Almost All of the Globe’s Excess Heat, September 2016.

[2] National Ocean Service, NOAA. Is Sea Level Rising?, July 2017. 

[3] Ocean Portal, Smithsonian Institute. Ocean Acidification, 2016.

ORGANIZATIONS WORKING ON SOLUTIONS

The Ocean Agency - A group of ex-advertising execs and creatives who believe communication is key to inspire the "global action necessary to tackle the ocean's greatest issues." 

Greenpeace - "Greenpeace is an independent global campaigning organisation that acts to change attitudes and behaviour, to protect and conserve the environment and to promote peace."

350.org - "Building the global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to science and justice."

Citizens' Climate Lobby - "We exist to create the political will for climate solutions by enabling individual breakthroughs in the exercise of personal and political power."