Wednesday, September 25, 2019
September 25, 2019 – This morning in the Principality of Monaco, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate (SROCC). The report scrutinizes current scientific understandings of the threats climate change poses to our ocean, its related ecosystems, and the human communities that depend on them. The IPCC is a body of the United Nations with the specific purpose of assessing science related to climate change. More than 100 scientists from 30 different countries contributed to the SROCC.
The conclusions of the SROCC make it clear: the globe must urgently address mitigating the effects of climate change and start developing adaptation strategies in anticipation of what lies ahead. Policymakers and consumers need to consider how their decisions and influence affect the ocean and world’s water systems, as the ocean’s health directly exacerbates the unforgiving consequences of climate change.
The Ocean Foundation’s expertise spans the issues of ocean acidification mitigation, coastal community adaptation and resilience, and advising policy for numerous issues threatening the ocean. The findings of the SROCC assure us that these goals are correct and necessary, but ultimately, collective and swift action must happen to safeguard the planet as we know it.