According to a new research, global warming has heated the oceans by as much as one atomic bomb explosion per second for the past 150 years, Guardian reports. Namely, over 90% of the heat trapped by GHG emissions has been absorbed by the ocean.
Decades of industrial pollution and overexploitation of fish stocks have largely affected the ocean’s ecological balance. As this is bad for the planet, NAMEPA suggests ways to businesses to reverse this situation. These include: reducing the carbon footprint; support ocean-friendly organizations; work for change; and educate your staff.
During 2018, human impacts and global climate change affected the world's oceans. What is more, the severity of the plastics problem became more clear, with plastics being found 36,000 feet below sea level. However, despite the alarming situation in our oceans, there are reasons to feel optimistic that this will change.
At the 5th edition of Our Ocean conference in Bali, the EU announced 23 new commitments for better governance of the oceans and €300 million of EU-funded initiatives, which include projects to tackle plastic pollution, make blue economy more sustainable and improve research and marine surveillance. This contribution comes on top of the over €550 million committed in last year's conference in Malta.