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[Ambassador report] Monthly Ambassador Report Nov - Oceans and climate change

by Arjun Anand | 15-11-2019 18:10 Comments 8 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations



Oceans and climate change- A matter of concern

Oceans are an essential component of the Earth's ecosystem - a source of biodiversity, food, and life. With every drop of water we drink, every breath we take, we are connected to the sea. No matter where on Earth we live.

Ocean’s play an important role in Climate regulation. A quarter of all the carbon dioxide that humans put into the atmosphere is absorbed by ocean. Unfortunately, the ocean is being disproportionately impacted by increasing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from human activities.

We often believe that oceans are vast and we wouldn’t be affected by human activities. But our activities are causing a rise in ocean water temperature, ocean acidification and deoxygenation, leading to changes in oceanic circulation and chemistry, rising sea levels, increased storm intensity, as well as changes in the diversity and abundance of marine species.

The key impacts of climate change on the marine environment are

Ocean acidification

Ocean acidification" is defined by a decrease in pH, the unit for measuring the acidity of a liquid. 

Acidification directly harms the many ocean plants and animals that build shells of calcium carbonate—including many corals, lobsters and crabs, and some microscopic plankton that make up the foundation of the food web throughout the ocean. Many of these shell-forming organisms provide critical habitat and food sources for other organisms.

The effects of ocean acidification decrease population sizes of marine life and may cause an economic disruption if enough fish die off, which can seriously harm the global economy as the fishing industry makes a lot of money worldwide.

ocean acidification

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Ocean warming

Warmer waters cause coral bleaching, which in turn impacts coral reef ecosystems that are home to most of the ocean’s biodiversity — and provide crucial sources of food for people. Recent years have seen widespread and severe coral bleaching episodes around the world, with coral mortality reaching 70% in some regions.

Research indicates that increasing ocean temperatures are taking a toll on the marine ecosystem. For the 3 billion people worldwide who rely on fish as their chief source of protein, the prospect of fewer and smaller fish in the sea is bad news.Research indicates

ocean warming

Rising sea levels

Rising water levels will have serious impacts on marine ecosystems. The amount of light reaching offshore plants and algae dependent on photosynthesis could be reduced, while coastal habitats are already being flooded. 

Measurements from tide gauges and satellites have shown that the sea is rising globally at an average rate of about 1.7mm per year since the beginning of the 20th century.

Low-lying islands would be swallowed by the oceans, leading to the disappearance of large land areas and even some countries.

Rapid sea level rise will likely be the greatest climate change challenge to mangrove ecosystems, which require stable sea levels for long-term survival.

sea level rise

So what can we do about this ? . Government, individuals all need to work together to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions and greenhouse gases.

1.       The amount of future climate change will largely be determined by choices society makes about emissions. Globally ambitious efforts are needed to reduce the use of fossil fuels, increase the use of renewable energy systems and enhance energy efficiency.

2.       Promote actives such as restoration of wetlands, planting new forests and reforestation

3.       Ban destructive fishing techniques and  End illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing

4.       Ensure the proper disposal, treatment and handling of garbage and sewage

5.       The saying "reduce, re-use, recycle" also applies here.

6.       Using public transportation and Driving less

7.       Protecting wildlife and endangered species

8.       We must consider climate impacts to our ocean and its services when formulating and implementing climate goals. Countries can also develop policies and ensure the implementation of sustainable practices in all industries that impact the ocean and coasts, including fisheries and the tourism industry.


With every breath we take, every drop of water we drink, we are dependent on the existence of Earth’s living ocean

regards

Arjun Anand


8 Comments

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Arjun

    By reading your report, I could learn about the danger ocean encounters in specific way. Since most of the people in the earth are living on the ground, when they think of the nature, they usually come up with land environment like tree and forests. But as you mentioned, ocean play huge roles like absorbing CO2 gas. It's time to take care of the polluted ocean. At least, human society has to let no further pollution.

    Thank you for the great report.

    Keep up with it.
    Posted 19-11-2019 00:53

Bal krishna Pandey

  • Bal krishna Pandey says :
    Hello arjun,
    Thanks for your report on oceans and climate change. Ocean warming and increasing sea level is a serious problem and you have shared your knowledge about it. Thank you very much.
    Posted 17-11-2019 00:21

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Arjun

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Oceans and climate change

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Regards,
    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 16-11-2019 23:37

Meena Pandey

  • Meena Pandey says :
    Hello Arjun!!
    I hope you are fine and doing great.
    You have written really great article.

    The way and the activities to show concern about ocean and marine system is worth reading .
    I think you have to elaborate more for make us clear.

    Keep writing and shining.
    Hope to know more from you.

    Warm regards,
    Meena
    Posted 16-11-2019 20:40

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hello Arjun!
    This is your mentor Lisa.

    I think you have well put some of the major concerns regarding the marine ecosystem!
    These problems have strong connections with climate change as you have well stated at the beginning of your article. My advice for some improvements would be that if you could more specifically tell us how climate change is contributing to these problems, it would have helped people to understand more about ocean and climate change.
    For instance, ocean acidification is caused due to the increase in the level of carbon dioxide that dissolves into the ocean. Carbon dioxide in the ocean reacts with the seawater and form carbonic acid. Hence, the pH decreases as carbon dioxide increases. Since the idea of global warming itself is the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the problem clearly is related to climate change.
    I think it would be awesome if you could elaborate on the cause and effect relations if you have a chance to write about it next time.

    Thanks for the informative article:)
    Looking forward to improvements!
    Posted 16-11-2019 14:41

sagar koirala

  • sagar koirala says :
    Hello Arjun ,
    Nice piece of writing .Great Going .

    Regards,
    Sagar Koirala

    Green Cheers from Nepal
    Posted 16-11-2019 13:34

Sandhya Adhikari

  • Sandhya Adhikari says :
    Hello Arjun,
    I do hope you are fine and doing great with your works,
    Thanks for your report on ocean and climate change,
    I really enjoyed reading,
    Keep writing such a great report,
    Yours,
    Sandhya

    Posted 16-11-2019 12:59

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Hello arjun
    I hope you are doing well
    The activities you mentioned towards cleanliness of ocean and maintenance of sustainability. It's great.
    Thank you so much for this report
    Green cheers
    Regards
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 16-11-2019 12:05

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