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Over 90% of excess atmospheric heat (trapped by greenhouse gases) has been absorbed by our ocean, making it warmer and 30% more acidic. [1], [2]

Acidification makes it harder for calcifying organisms (like shellfish and corals) to create their shells and skeletons. [3]

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. [4]

 


VIDEOS, INFOGRAPHICS, & FACT SHEETS
 

 
 

NASA's Earth Minute: Sea Level Rise | NASA

 
 
Threats to Coral Reefs: Climate Change | NOAA

Threats to Coral Reefs: Climate Change | NOAA

Climate Change | European Commission

Climate Change | European Commission

Marine Protected Areas | National Marine Protected Areas Center

Marine Protected Areas | National Marine Protected Areas Center

TAKE ACTION

  • With a political administration in office that does not believe that climate change is real, it is more important than ever to get involved in your community. Contact your local and state representatives and let them know the impacts we face are imminent and real.

    1. Find your House Representative | Find your Senator

PRESS ARTICLES

Oceans Deeply, Background: Climate Change

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

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

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

SCIENTIFIC PAPERS AND REPORTS

U.S. Global Change Research Program. 4th National Climate Assessment – Chapter 9: Oceans and Marine Resources, 2018.

UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Special Report: Global Warming of 1.5 ºC, 2018.

Paul Hawken (ed.) Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming, 2017.

Murdiyarso, Daniel et alThe potential of Indonesian mangrove forests for global climate change mitigationNature Climate Change 5 (2015). 1089-1092.

[1] U.S. Global Change Research Program, Climate Science Special Report: Fourth National Climate Assessment, 2017. 

[2], [3] PMEL Carbon Program, NOAA. What is Ocean Acidification?

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

ORGANIZATIONS WORKING ON SOLUTIONS

Sunrise Movement – “We're building an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.”

Project Drawdown – “100 solutions to reduce global warming”

New Consensus – “New Consensus works to develop and promote the Green New Deal, a World War Two-scale mobilization to fix America’s greatest problems.”

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