Impacts of Ocean Pollution

Palm trees, salty sea and sand under my feet.

Impacts of ocean pollution

Oceans have always acted as a means of mitigating human-induced impacts including the burning of fossil fuels and greenhouse gases which have the potential to greatly impact Earth’s systems. However, our dependency on the ocean for climate change mitigation is being seen through the increased CO2 content, lowering ocean pH levels, ocean acidification, and decreased oxygen content. Such impacts threaten the ocean’s ability to continue its usual carbon sequestration process, going on to place threats on food security, shoreline protection and sustainable economic development.


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