Oceans have absorbed a considerable amount of the temperature rise product of climate change, possibly up to 90% in the period 1961-2003. Nevertheless, this process has cause the average height of the ocean to increase by 17 centimeters and if we continue our current path it’s estimated that oceans will rise by 60 centimeters this century alone. This would impact not only populations in smaller islands, but the inhabitants of 90% of urban areas, which are located in coastal areas. In addition, excess carbon captured is causing worldwide acidification of the ocean, impacting fragile marine ecosystems.

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Published on 13-02-2015

Infographic: Our Living Oceans

Click the image for full resolution. Source: World Bank