The Future Oceans - Warming Up, Rising High, Turning Sour by Keith Brander
English | ISBN: 393619114X | 2006 | PDF | 123 pages | 3,4 mb
The latest research findings show that climate change will subject the marine environment and the coasts to major change and damage that are likely to have severe consequences for humankind. Ocean surface waters are warming, the sea level is rising ever faster, the oceans are becoming increasingly acidic and marine ecosystems are under threat. Human activities are unleashing processes of change in the oceans that are without precedent in the past several million years. Due to the considerable geophysical time lags, these processes will determine the state of the world's oceans for millennia to come. Humanity is thus intervening in a pivotal mechanism of the Earth System, and many of the consequences cannot yet be predicted accurately. Resolute and forward-looking action is needed in order to ensure that the oceans do not overstep critical system boundaries. The way we handle the oceans will be a decisive test of humankind's ability to steer a sustainable course in the future.
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