Eight Urgent Fundamental and Simultaneous Steps Needed to Restore Ocean Health, and the Consequences for Humanity and the Planet of Inaction or Delay

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Posted Sep 07, 2019 | International Programme on the State of the Oceans, Torsten Thiele

The ocean dominates the processes that keep the planet habitable such as regulating the climate by absorbing excess carbon dioxide and heat. However, ocean warming is heating up 40 per cent faster on average, than a United Nations panel estimated five years ago. In this report by the International Programme on the State of the Oceans, Torsten Thiele and other climate experts call for measures to prepare for a temperature rise of 2–3°C and for a robust, comprehensive High Seas Treaty with a Conference of Parties and a Scientific Committee and the reforming of voting rights on bodies such as the International Seabed Authority to stop vested interests undermining precautionary approaches. The UN Decade of Ocean Science beginning in 2021 would be a key opportunity to achieve this step change.



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