When will the ocean get the scientific attention it deserves?

At COP26, UN Special Envoy for the Ocean Peter Thomson on overcoming ocean neglect

The majority of Earth's life forms live in oceans, with the specificities of their species yet unknown. Jeremy Bishop, Unsplash
15 November 2021
15 November 2021

The ocean is a powerful carbon sink, reducing the amount of carbon dioxide put into the air by fossil fuels by about a quarter. However, as greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, the ocean is acidifying, killing marine life and altering its change-mitigating waters.

With the UN Decade of Ocean Science entering its second year and the next UN Ocean Conference on the horizon (27 June to 1 July 2022), aquatic ecosystems are gaining ground on the international stage. But is it enough?

At COP26 in Glasgow, Fijian ocean expert Peter Thomson, who serves as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, spoke on the urgency of turning more attention toward the ocean and preserving its integrity by holding countries accountable to their emissions reductions targets.

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